Dhaka: Etihad Airways and Emirates announced to operate special flights to and from India following the UAE and Indian governments' recent arrangement to facilitate the travel of stranded individuals.
Etihad is operating five weekly flights from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru and Chennai, six weekly to Delhi, one weekly to Hyderabad, twice weekly to Kochi, and once daily to Mumbai, from July 15-26.
“All eligible passengers travelling from India to Abu Dhabi must possess the relevant UAE entry approvals set by the government of Abu Dhabi."
“Passengers travelling to India must adhere to guidelines set by the government of India, and are also requested to arrive at Abu Dhabi Airport a minimum of four hours prior to departure to undertake mandatory rapid testing in Terminal 1A before check-in,” the UAE flag carrier said in an official statement.
Emirates announced to operate twice daily flights to Bengaluru, Delhi and Kochi, thrice daily to Mumbai, and once daily to Thiruvananthapuram, from July 12-26.
The flights to Bengaluru and Mumbai are subject to state government approval.
The Dubai-based carrier clarified that on flights from Dubai to India, only Indian citizens stranded in the UAE will be allowed while flights from India to Dubai are available for UAE nationals and residents with prior entry approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) or ICA approved.
All passengers travelling from India to Dubai are also required to carry a negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) certificate issued no more than 96 hours before departure.
Flights can be booked on the airlines' websites, sales offices and contact centres or through travel agents.