Airlines come up with special fares for amnesty seekers

DUBAI — Some airlines operating flights to India and Bangladesh have made certain arrangements for amnesty seekers who are required to leave the UAE after completing the clemency procedures.

By Criselda E. Diala

Published: Mon 9 Jul 2007, 9:03 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:04 AM

Mohammad Ali Ahsan, regional manager for Dubai and the Northern Emirates of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said that they had reduced the cost of air fare for three of their major sectors, which are homes to most of the Bangladeshi nationals working in the UAE.

“ We have reduced the fare by Dh50 to all our flights to Dhaka, Sylhet, and Chittagong, where a large population of UAE-based Bangladeshi nationals are residing. This special fare has been made available not only to amnesty seekers but also to regular passengers,” he said.

Ahsan said Dnata, Biman Air’s general sales agent in the UAE, has set up a counter at the Bangladesh Consulate General where amnesty seekers can immediately book their tickets or inquire about fares.

“ We are constantly in touch with both the Bangladesh Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Bangladesh Consulate General in Dubai for concerns related to the amnesty programme. If there would be a need for extra flights due to the rush, we will inform our head office accordingly,” Ahsan mentioned.

Arrangements for wheelchair-bound passengers, Ahsan added, have also been made through Dnata, which facilitates ground handling requests at the Dubai International Airport (DIA).

Jaishree Ramachandran, Air India’s regional manager-Dubai and Northern Emirates, revealed that a ticketing counter will also be set up at the Indian Consulate General for amnesty seekers.

The carrier has not so far offered any special fares to those who have availed of the amnesty but Ramachandran said they are discussing this matter with the concerned authorities.

Likewise, she pointed out that ìthe decision to increase our flights for amnesty seekers will only be determined once the number of bookings pick up, which would probably be sometime in August, the last month for the amnesty.

Abhay Pathak, Indian Airlines’ regional manager for the Gulf, agreed that the need for additional flights has not been felt yet but their airline will react accordingly depending on the market demand.

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