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UAE Envoy: Some Flights From India Likely "Very Soon" For Poeple With Valid Permits
After nearly two months of suspension to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the government resumed scheduled domestic passenger flights on May 25.
UAE Envoy: Some Flights From India Likely "Very Soon" For People With Valid Permits (Representational Image)
New Delhi: On Wednesday the UAE Ambassador Ahmed Al Banna said that some flights are likely to be operated from India to the UAE very soon for Indians having valid residency or work permits for the UAE.
On March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, India suspended all scheduled international passenger flights. Whereas many passengers have used social media to demand the resumption of the international passenger's flights from India to the UAE and other foreign countries.
During a webinar organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce Al Banna said that "One question is asked on what about the Indian nationals who are in India and they have valid residency and valid work permits for the UAE? When can they fly back from India to the UAE?"
"The problem is not in the UAE. The problem actually, or the point, is in India. India has not opened up its airports. They do not allow the foreign carriers to fly into India," he added.
As per Al Banna, the UAE has been talking and consulting with the MEA and with the Ministry of Civil Aviation on this matter.
"Hopefully, very soon, we will be able to overcome that and there will be some operations dedicated to those Indians, who are in India with valid residency and work permit and ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) approval and Covid-19 PCR test, to be able to travel from India to the UAE," he added.
He said the UAE has opened its airports.
"We allow visitors and residents back into the UAE on two conditions: One is that they need to have an ICA approval. They have to apply online. It is very simple. They put their details and all that. And they get the ICA approval," he mentioned.
Further, he noted that number two is that they need to have the COVID19 PCR test done no more than 96 hours from the date of their arrival in the UAE.
On May 6 Indian Government started the Vande Bharat Mission under which Air India and private Indian carriers have been operating unscheduled repatriation flights for Indians stuck during the pandemic.
"We fly cargo flights to India. Indian carriers fly from India to the UAE for the repatriation of the Indians who are in the UAE to go back to India. Other than that, there is no commercial airline operating from the UAE, or for that fact from anywhere in the world, into India due to the closure of the airports in India," said Al Banna.
On July 2 Airport Authority of India Chairman Arvind Singh said that India is in talks with the US and Canada and other countries to establish individual bilateral bubbles which will allow airlines of each country in the pact to operate international flights.
The government resumed domestic passenger flight on May 25 after nearly two months of suspension.
Then the airlines allowed to operate the maximum 33 percent of their pre-COVID fight The MOCA increased the limits on June 26 from 33 per cent to 45 percent.
(With Inputs from PTI)