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Dubai suspends AI Express flights till October 2 for flying infected passengers

The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) has suspended Air India Express flights between India and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) greatest metropolis, from Friday till October 2.

The flights have been briefly barred as a result of a passenger on a latest Jaipur-Dubai flight operated by Air India Express, the low-cost airline of the nationwide service Air India, was discovered to be coronavirus illness (Covid-19) optimistic by the DCAA authorities. This was the second time the airline flew an infected passenger.

The DCAA has despatched a discover to Air India Express. The discover acknowledged that the flight IX1135 operated by the airline from Jaipur to Dubai International Airport (DIA), had a passenger on board, who had contracted SARS-CoV-2 that causes Covid-19.

The discover is in HT’s possession.

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“You are conscious of our earlier intimation made to you by our letter dated September 2 for boarding a passenger with a Covid-19 optimistic take a look at consequence, who endangered the opposite passengers on board and likewise brought about a critical well being threat.

Boarding a passenger with Covid-19 optimistic take a look at consequence for the second time is opposite to and is in violation of the laid-down procedures and protocols regarding air journey to and from airports within the Emirate of Dubai through the pandemic,” acknowledged the discover.

The discover has led to the non permanent suspension of all Air India Express flights to Dubai for the following 15 days.

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“This (suspension) has been effective from 00:00 hours on Friday, September 18, until 23:59 hours of October 2,” the discover added.

“Air India Express has received the ‘Notice of Suspension’ from Dubai Civil Aviation Authority on September 17, 2020, as per which the airline’s operations to Dubai airport are temporarily suspended for a duration of 15 days w.e.f September 18, 2020.The Notice has been issued on account of the erroneous acceptance of one Covid-19 positive passenger by the airline’s ground handling agents at Delhi and Jaipur on Air India Express flights to Dubai on August 28 and September 4 respectively,” stated an airline spokesperson.

(*2*) he added.

Airline officers stated that the bottom dealing with businesses involved have taken acceptable punitive motion in opposition to their staff who’ve been held accountable for the lapse at Delhi and Jaipur.

An airline official stated, “Prior to the receipt of the discover, the airline submitted a letter to the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority expressing our apologies and detailing the assorted actions taken by us in affiliation with the floor dealing with brokers involved to protect in opposition to such a lapse sooner or later. In order to lower the inconvenience which may be brought about to passengers booked to fly to Dubai, the airline has launched further flights to Sharjah to accommodate the affected passengers. The affected passengers who’ve booked to fly to Dubai are additionally being given the choice to re-book to a future date.

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