Dubai Civil Aviation Authority suspends Air India Express flights till October 2

NEW DELHI: The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has suspended Air India Express flights till 2nd October for reportedly bringing passengers with COVID-positive certificates twice during the last couple of weeks, senior government officials said on Friday.

According to the UAE government rules, every passenger traveling from India has to bring original COVID-negative certificate from RT-PCR test done 96 hours prior to the journey. “A passenger with a COVID-positive certificate dated September 2, traveled on Air India Express” Jaipur-Dubai flight on September 4. Same incident had happened with a passenger on one of the airline”s other Dubai flights previously,” said one of the officials. Therefore, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has suspended Air India Express flights from September 18 to October 2, the officials stated. Both the incidents of passengers flying with COVID-positive certificates to Dubai from India on Air India Express flights happened during the last couple of weeks, the officials noted. When asked about this matter, Air India Express said it is focusing on reducing the hardship of the passengers and it plans to operate its four Dubai flights, scheduled to operate from India on Friday, to Sharjah instead.