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Coronavirus: UAE-India repatriation flights to have 9-seat isolation zone

Ashwani Kumar /Abu Dhabi Filed on May 6, 2020
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(Air India)

Passengers are requested to report to airport at least four hours in advance for medical screening.

Evacuation flights from the UAE to India on Thursday will have an onboard 'isolation zone'.

Both the 186-seater Air India Express planes will fly 177 passengers each on Abu Dhabi-Kochi and Dubai-Kozhikode sectors. This will allow for creation of a bunch of nine empty seats at the back, which will serve as an isolation zone, Khaleej Times has learnt. 

Also read: 6,500 pregnant women to fly back home

Among precautionary measures, all crew will wear personal protective equipment on the flights.

While the flight from Abu Dhabi departs at 4.15 pm to Kochi, service from Dubai will leave at revised time of 5.10 pm for Kozhikode.

Passengers are requested to report to airport at least four hours in advance for medical screening and IGM/IGG test.

Additionally, each passenger, at the time of boarding would be handed over a safety kit containing two three-layered face masks, two pairs of gloves and pouches/small bottles of hand sanitisers.

"While on board the flight, the health protocol of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India will be strictly followed. This would include wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. to be observed by the airline staff, crew and all passengers," the Indian Embassy said.


Ashwani Kumar

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