Dubai, Jul 9: Air India Express has opened ticket bookings for flights from India to the UAE from July 12 to 26. The carrier posted the announcement on its social media pages.
“INDIA to UAE - Flights are open for sale! Bookings could be made through our website (http://airindiaexpress.in), call centre or authorised travel agents. Visit http://blog.airindiaexpress.in for more details,” the budget airline tweeted.
A clause mentioned in the flyer attached to the post added that only UAE residents with permits to return from India can book flights.
Thousands of Indian expats have been waiting to book flights back to the UAE after being stuck home for about four months due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Vande Bharat Mission flights
Under the fourth phase of Vande Bharat Mission, as many as 104 flights will be operating between UAE and India.
The Air India announced this on Twitter under a post “#FlyAI : Important Information for ICA approved UAE residents who wish to travel to UAE on Vande Bharat Mission flights.”
A flyer attached to the post addressed passengers who wish to travel to UAE on flights being operated under Vande Bharat Mission by Air India and Air India Express in pursuance of agreement between Civil Aviation authorities of India and the UAE.
“AI and AIE operating evacuation flights to Indian citizens from the UAE to India will carry ICA approved UAE residents (returning to the UAE from India) on the outward journey from India to the UAE.”
“On the India-UAE journey, all these flights will carry only those passengers who are destined for the UAE.”
“This arrangement will be operational for a period of 15 days from July 12 to 26,” the airline added.
While most of the Vande Bharat flights are operated by AIE, a few flights from Sharjah are operated by Air India.
Air India Express opens bookings from India to UAE