Etihad Airways has stopped flights from India to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) “until further notice”, an airline spokesperson said. The airliner’s move followed UAE banning all flights from India amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the airline may ferry UAE nationals, diplomatic missions, official delegations and UAE Golden visa holders exempted from the UAE entry restriction. The airline said it will continue to operate its cargo flights from the country during the period of the indefinite ban.
The indefinite extension of the flight ban to Dubai and other destinations in the UAE may be followed by other airlines making it extremely difficult for those who wish to travel to the kingdom for business or leisure.
“Following the latest UAE government directives, passenger travel from India to the UAE and Etihad’s network has been suspended until further notice. Etihad will not be permitted to carry passengers from India. However, UAE nationals, diplomatic missions, official delegations and Golden residence holders are exempted from the UAE entry restriction. These passengers will be subject to acceptance and quarantine conditions,” the spokesperson said.
“Etihad will continue to operate flights to India and cargo flights will continue to operate in both directions without any impact. Etihad is working closely with impacted guests to notify them of the changes to their itineraries,” the airline said.
The airline advised passengers who may have bought tickets from travel agents to contact the agency from which they purchased their tickets for more information. Further information is also available on ethical.com/destinationguide, through the mobile app or by calling Etihad Airways on +971600555666.”Guests who have purchased their tickets through a travel agent are advised to contact the agency from which they purchased their ticket for assistance. This is an evolving situation, and we will update guests as more information becomes available. Etihad regrets any inconvenience caused to its guests by these temporary restrictions,” the airline said.
The statement comes after the UAE-based carrier earlier in July extended the suspension of its passegner operations from six countries including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan until July 31 in wake of the pandemic.