Dubai Airports, government authorities and service partners collaborate to ensure smooth launch of repatriation operation for Indian citizens
DUBAI, UAE: May 8, 2020: Dubai Airports today confirmed the safe and smooth launch of repatriation flights for Indian citizens from Dubai International’s Terminal 2 with the first flight, Air India Express IX344, departing yesterday for Kozhikode at 1745 hours UAE local time, thanks to the coordinated efforts of UAE authorities, the Indian Embassy in the UAE, airlines and other Dubai Airports’ service partners.
All repatriation flights to India will be operated from Terminal 2 by India’s national carriers Air India and Air India Express until further notice.
Dubai Airports has taken a number of steps to ensure the health and safety of airport staff and passengers during repatriation operations. Apart from the recently completed deep cleaning and sterilisation exercise spanning the entire facility, social distancing measures including signage, floor stickers and separated seating areas, have been implemented across DXB. Check-in counters and immigration desks have been fitted with Perspex screens to provide additional safety for staff, who are also required to wear personal protective equipment.
Entry to the terminal is strictly limited to ticketed passengers carrying valid documents and wearing personal protective equipment. As part of the new pre-check-in procedure all passengers will receive thermal screening and/or a rapid antibody test, conducted by Dubai Health Authority’s Airport Medical Centre team.
Dubai Airports has appealed to family and friends of passengers to help the repatriation operation and the fight against Covid-19 by saying their good-byes at home and avoid crowding at the airport.
Passenger flight operations at DXB and Dubai World Central (DWC), with the exception of repatriation flights, remain temporarily suspended since March 24 as part of a series of measures initiated by the UAE government to prevent the spread of Covid-19.