Air India Express will resume flights to and from Dubai from tomorrow. Announcement comes hours after Dubai flights were rescheduled to Sharjah.
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All Air India Express flights to and from Dubai will operate as per original schedule with effect from September 19, the airline has just confirmed.
The airline made the announcement on its Facebook page hours after its Dubai flights were rescheduled to Sharjah following a 15-day suspension of its Dubai operations ordered by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
The suspension was ordered after the airline’s ground handling agents in India allowed passengers tested positive for COVID-19 to board flights to Dubai twice, the airline has confirmed.
“We have apologized for the two lapses to Dubai authorities and assured them of putting in place multilevel strict checks to ensure the same does not get repeated,” a spokesperson for the airline said.
“All AI Express flights from and to Dubai will operate as per original schedule from Saturday.”
The flights that were rescheduled to Sharjah were to Kozhikode (Calicut), Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi, Mumbai and Kannur, the airline said.
“As abundant precaution, the airline has advised the handling agents to implement a three-tier checking mechanism to avoid any such lapse in the future,” airline had stated.
Based on the airline’s communication to them, the ground handling agencies concerned have taken appropriate punitive action against their employees who have been held accountable for the lapse at Delhi and Jaipur airports.