Coronavirus: India-Gulf air traffic gets affected
Dubai: With the outbreak of Coronavirus, air traffic between India and Gulf countries has come to a standstill. All international flight services to India from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait stands cancelled following the outbreak of the virus. At the same time, Indian Airlines also stopped operating services to UAE after observing a fall in the number of passengers.
From Tuesday, visa distribution including UAE visit visa will be stopped.
Shocking the passengers, GoAir has cancelled services to Indian cities including Kannur from March 16 to April 15. IndiGo, another domestic airline, also announced cancellation of numerous flights till March 28.
Meanwhile, Air India and Air India Express also cancelled some services and merged some flights.
It is for the first time in history Saudi Arabia has stopped all international flights. Ban on flights from other countries came into effect from Sunday, 11 am in Saudi. Earlier, Saudi Arabia has stopped all connections via road and air with other Gulf countries.
At the same time, UAE has announced that visit visa, business visa and labour visa will not be issued from Tuesday onwards. At present, people who hold visa are allowed to enter UAE. But the shortage of flights will create trouble for the passengers.
UAE has also alerted that people from foreign countries with suspected symptoms of COVID-19 will be placed under observation. Foreign citizens who want to visit Bahrain and Oman must produce a medical certificate that declares he or she not affected with COVID-19. But commutation will be a major problem as the international airlines have cancelled the flights.
GoAir, IndiGo cancels flights to UAE
GoAir has cancelled various flights for a month. The cancelled flights are as follows: Kannur- Abu Dhabi, Kannur- Dubai, Kannur- Muscat, Kannur-Dammam, Kannur-Kuwait, Mumbai-Abu Dhabi, Mumbai-Muscat and Delhi-Abu Dhabi.
At the same time, IndiGo has cancelled 9 services including Sharjah-Thiruvananthapuram, Dubai-Kozhikode and Dubai-Mangalore.
Air India Express cancelled Sharjah-Kochi flight and Dubai-Mangalore flight on March 17, Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Dubai airport authority dismissed the rumours on closure of the airport amid the COVID-19 outbreak.