United Arab Emirates lifts IndiGo flight operations ban

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The United Arab Emirates authorities have lifted the ban imposed on IndiGo airlines to conduct their flight operations to and from the country.

“IndiGo will recommence flight operations between India and UAE from 0130 IST (2000 UTC) tonight,” an IndiGo spokesperson told AeroTime. “We have informed all our passengers and any inconvenience caused is regretted.”

Reportedly, the ban had been imposed initially due to the airline’s negligence to ensure pre-departure COVID-19 testing norms outlined by the UAE. The airline, however, had cited ‘operational issues’ as the reason for the temporarily discontinued operations.

Currently, the UAE requires passengers to have a certified negative COVID RT-PCR test with at least 48-hour validity and a verifiable QR code. Along with the RT-PCR test, an additional requirement for a rapid-PCR test is also demanded, which has to be conducted no less than four hours and up to six hours before departure. 

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Param Agarwal
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