Dubai: United Arab Emirates (UAE) will operate special flights to send back the expats stranded here in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. Emirates flight will conduct services to Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram airports.
In total 14 services have been scheduled to different cities of the world. Apart from Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, flights will be operated to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru in India. The special services will begin from April 6.
For evacuating the expats, UAE had sought permission to operate flights earlier. India approved the proposal the other day. Air Arabia is also trying for special services to send expats home.
India had operated a special Air India flight to Frankfurt to send back German tourists stranded in various parts of the country from Thiruvananthapuram airport the other day.
Meanwhile, Air India has entered into commercial charter flight agreements with four countries to repatriate their citizens.
According to Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal, the airline has entered into agreements with France, Canada, Germany and Ireland to ferry their citizens back home. The airline will operate 18 flights under these agreements.
"We were approached by embassies of these countries for charter flights to repatriate their citizens back home. These agreements are on a commercial basis," Bansal said in an online press conference of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Bansal added that after ferrying the passengers, the aircraft will return without any passengers on-board.
(With inputs from IANS)