Dubai suspends all Air India Express flights for 15 days for ferrying coronavirus positive passenger

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Air India Express flight suspended
Air India Express flight suspended

Dubai : Dubai has banned all Air India Express flights for 15 days for allegedly ferrying coronavirus positive passengers twice. The ban will come to effect from September 18 and will remain till October 3, said a media report. 

Meanwhile, Dubai International Airport has been showing the status of Air India Express flights as 'cancelled'. The scheduled passengers have received the message that read, some of the flights to Sharjah International Airport have been postponed on Friday ‘for operational reasons’.

In a letter, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has written that this was the second instance when a COVID-19 positive patient was boarded on the airline which happens to be a violation of the laid down procedures and/or protocols.

"You are aware of our previous intimation made to you by our letter dated September 2 for boarding a passenger with a coronavirus positive test result, who endangered the other passengers on board and also caused a serious health risk," the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority said.

"Therefore, all operation of Air India Express to Dubai Airports is temporarily suspended, for a duration of 15 days, effective from 00:01 hrs on Friday 18th September 2020 until 23:59 hrs of 2nd October 2020," it added.

"In addition to the suspension of operation, you will be further notified to pay all the expenditure incurred by the respective authorities for medical services and/or quarantine of any passenger(s) and the other passengers in the flight and also any other expenditure connected thereto."