International Flights Latest News: In a significant development, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) on Monday told Air India Express to reject COVID-negative test reports of passengers from four Indian laboratories.Also Read - International Flights: Air India Express Announces Flights to Kuala Lumpur For February, Opens Booking: Check Full Flight Schedule Here
The laboratories include Suryam Lab in Jaipur, Microhealth Lab in the cities of Kerala, Dr P Bhasin Pathlabs (Private) Limited and Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi, the airline said in a tweet. Also Read - Akasa Air Plans Domestic Operations by Early June, May Begin International Flights by 2023, Says CEO Vinay Dube
The development comes as the DCAA had on September 18 suspended Air India Express flights for 24 hours for bringing two passengers with COVID-positive certificates on August 28 and September 4. Also Read - 5G Deployment: Air India to Commence Normal Operations to US From Friday. Details Here
As per the rules in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), passengers travelling from India are required to bring original COVID-negative certificates from RT-PCR tests done within 96 hours prior to the journey.
The Air India Express tweeted, saying the regulatory authority in Dubai has recommended it to “reject the RT-PCR test reports from the following laboratories for passengers travelling to Dubai: Suryam Lab in Jaipur; Microhealth Lab in the cities of Kerala. Dr P Bhasin Pathlabs (P) Ltd in Delhi; Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi”.
Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to COVID-19.
However, special international passenger flights have been operating in the country under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral air bubble arrangements formed with other countries since July.
Notably, the UAE is one of the 10 countries with which India has established bilateral air bubble pacts. Under the air bubble agreement, the airlines of both countries are operating international passenger flights with restrictions.
(With inputs from agencies)