Not long ago, India restricted UAE airlines to operate charter flights to India. But the good news for travellers came recently when Emirates, Etihad and Air Arabia announced that they will be operating several flights between UAE and India after receiving approval from the authorities in both countries.
This comes under the 15-day agreement between the two countries through which UAE carriers will be able to operate flights to and from India starting 12th July. These flights will operate from Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi assisting the stranded Indian citizens in UAE and the passengers who want to return to UAE from India.
Please note that these flights are repatriation flights and not normal scheduled flights.
The UAE based airlines announced that they will be operating flights to several destinations in India. These destinations include:
Flights announced by Emirates:
- New Delhi
Flights announced by Etihad Airways:
- New Delhi
Flights announced by Air Arabia:
- New Delhi
These flights will operate between 12th July and 26th July under the part of 15 days agreement between UAE and India. However, the flights to Mumbai and Bengaluru are subject to approval by the state government.
More details regarding these flights and their frequency can be found on the airline’s website, by calling airline helpline or by contacting an authorized travel agent.
Tweets by the airlines:
Emirates announces special repatriation flights to Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai & Thiruvananthapuram in India between 12 & 26 July to assist stranded Indians get home & enable UAE residents currently in India to return to UAE. https://t.co/B9q3ZvnmXJ #FlyEmiratesFlyBetter pic.twitter.com/re2eQjgZm6
— Emirates Airline (@emirates) July 11, 2020
India, we're coming back! We'll be operating a series of special passenger flights for travellers who need to fly between Abu Dhabi and six major Indian cities between 15 and 26 July. For further details, visit https://t.co/ZgXNi1CMx4 pic.twitter.com/lNM3Jqb1vI
— Etihad Airways (@etihad) July 11, 2020
India to UAE flights:
The flights from India to UAE are subject to some restrictions and the travellers must follow certain travel rules mentioned below:
The passengers travelling on these flights will have to follow certain rules, which include the following:
- All passengers travelling on these flights have to show up at the airport at least 4 hours before the departure time.
- All passengers must wear gloves, and masks at the departure airport, onboard the aircraft and upon arrival at the destination airport.
- The passengers travelling on these flights are also required to carry negative RT-PCR certificate issued by the authorised laboratory. For more details click here!
- The UAE Nationals and Residents who hold a valid visa will need approval from the GDFRA or the ICA approval before travelling to UAE.
Source: Gulf News
Featured Image Credits: Emirates