With the UAE authorities’ issuance of a new travel protocol accepting passengers from India who comply with the prescribed regulations, CIAL started departure flights operations from early morning on Thursday. UAE Airlines Air Arabia and Emirates operated one service each to UAE today.
Air Arabia flight G9-426 departed to Sharjah at 0350HRS with 69 passengers on board while Emirates operated EK 531 to Dubai with 99 passengers. The flight departed at 10.30 HRS. CIAL Managing Director S Suhas IAS attributed the smooth and swift commencement of International departures to the operational efficiency of CIAL and other stakeholders like airlines, customs, immigration and ground handling agencies. “ CIAL has been doing intense follow up with the UAE aviation communities and we were able to start the Rapid PCR-testing centre at the departure terminal in a week succeeding to the announcement of Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management’s which made it mandatory for the passengers from India. Following that Dubai authority issued a guideline on 3rd August accepting eligible passengers from India from 5th August and we facilitated a departure flight operation in the wee hours of the opening day itself ’’ added Suhas.
As per the schedules, Air Arabia will be operating two regular daily flights (G9 421/422 SHJ-COK-SHJ 1530/1640 and G9 427/428 SHJ-COK-SHJ 1840/1920) in Sharjah Sector from 07th August while Emirates operates a daily flight (EK 530/531 DXB 0844/1030 in Dubai Sector. CIAL has initiated a discussion with both UAE and Indian Carriers to schedule departure operations and it is expected that airlines like Fly Dubai, Etihad, Air India Express, Indigo and Spice Jet will begin UAE departure services soon.
As per the new travel guidelines issued by UAE authorities Indians who own resident visas and are fully vaccinated in UAE and completed 14 days after the 2nd dose will be permitted to UAE on acceptance of their registration with either GDRFA Dubai or ICA UAE. The passengers should produce a negative PCR test certificate with 48 hrs validity and also undergo a Rapid PCR test at the departure airport.