UAE restricts Air India from carrying passengers on Vande Bharat flights

Abu Dhabi: The United Arab Emirates has restricted Air India from carrying any passengers, whether UAE nationals or non-UAE nationals, from India on repatriation flights under the Vande Bharat mission.

Passengers from the UAE to India can travel on these flights, as per the established protocol.

The new UAE guidelines will be applicable to all foreign carriers which are operating repatriation flights from the UAE.

Passengers will need prior approval from the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in New Delhi and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) to travel from India to the UAE on these repatriation flights.

The UAE government’s move comes a day after the United States asked India to seek prior approval for all repatriation flights, citing 'competitive imbalance'. Asianet Online