‘Saudi Arabia has permitted outbound passenger flights to India’

New Delhi(DL): Air India(In) Express stated Saudi has allowed outbound passenger airplanes to India(In) within the Vande Bharat mission.

On Tue., Saudi had banned airplanes to & from India(In) amidst a rise in COVID-19 instances.

In a tweet on Wed. night, Air India(In) Express cleared it’d not carry passengers from India(In) to Saudi.

“Air India(In) Express Vande Bharat Mission airplanes would continue to carry passengers on its airplanes from Saudi to India(In),” it added further.

In a notice released on Tue., Saudi’s Gen. Authority of Civil Airline (GACA) stated it has been “discontinuing travel to & from that following nations: (India(In), Brazil & Argentina) involving any human who was in any of the mentioned nations above within the last 14 days prior to their own arrival to the Kingdom”.

Although, it excluded “passengers those have officer govt invitations.

The GACA notice — titled: ‘Suspension of travel to nations where the COVID-19 infection has outburst’ — has been marked to all this airlines & chartered airplane businesses functioning in the Saudi’s airports.

Saudi & the United Arab Emirates (UAE) host a substantial Indian migrant public.

5 days back, Air India(In) Express stated that the Dubai(AE-DU) Civil Airline Authority (DCAA) had discontinued its airplanes for 24 hours for bringing 2 passengers with COVID-19 positive certificates on Aug 28 & Sep 4.

Dubai(AE-DU) is the most populous city of the UAE.

As per regulations of the UAE govt, each passenger travelling from India(In) is needed to bring an original COVID-19 negative certificate of an RT-PCR test finished in 96 hours prior to the journey.

Planned Intl. passenger airplanes were discontinued in India(In) from Mar 23 because of the outburst. Although, special Intl. airplanes were functioning between India(In) & Saudi from May six within the Vande Bharat mission.

The overall COVID-19 instances on Thu. in India(In) rose to 57,32,518 with 86,508 citizens testing positive(+ve) in a day. The number of deaths climbed to 91,149 with 1,129 citizens succumbing to the disease in a period of 24 hours, the Health Ministry’s statistics updated in eight am demonstrated.