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“Last end date of the end of the travel suspension is difficult for the airline”
The decision to resume passenger access between India and the UAE is subject to federal government regulations, a top Emirates airline official said.
Emirates Chief Commercial Officer Adnan Kazim said it is difficult for the airline to give a firm date for the end of the travel suspensions.
“It is difficult to establish a definitive timeline on when flights between India and the UAE would reopen. It depends on the mandate of the federal government. However, work is underway and there is an obvious eagerness to open up this route to travelers,” he added.
The senior official responded to a question from Khaleej Times when addressing the media before Emirates launched its first-ever passenger service to Miami on July 22.
Inbound travel from South Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka has been suspended since April this year. Thousands of expats stranded in these countries have been desperately waiting to return to work and families. Many try to travel to the UAE by quarantining for 14 days in a third country.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) recently said in a circular that inbound passenger journeys from: a total of 16 countries to the UAE will remain suspended until further notice.
Countries covered by the advisory include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Indonesia, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia.
In a circular on security decisions, the authority had said: “The current development of the Covid-19 pandemic is leading the UAE to impose new flight and passenger restrictions. The UAE government is closely monitoring the situation and will provide further updates and instructions if necessary.”
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