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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The expatriates caught in Kerala who had hoped to return to the UAE to renew work and enterprise after July 21 have gotten a jolt as Etihad Airways has prolonged flight suspension from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh till July 31.Earlier, the UAE had suspended flights from India together with 13 different nations until July 21. Although Etihad has not formally introduced the additional extension of flight suspension, a message pops up if one searches for flights to the Gulf nation from Kochi on its web site that no flights can be found until July 31. Normally, different airways additionally comply with Etihad’s choices on flight operations to and from the UAE.
At current, a lot of the Gulf nations besides Qatar and Bahrain have banned flights from India, upsetting the return plans of expats. Although some individuals have taken circuitous routes to succeed in their locations within the Gulf, new Covid norms within the transit nations like Qatar, Armenia and Ukraine have upset the plans of the remaining individuals caught right here who wish to return.
As there aren’t any inbound flights from India to the UAE and different GCC nations, expats at the moment are reluctant to return residence throughout trip. A senior officer of an airline mentioned the possibilities are low for lifting the air journey restrictions, which began on April 24, even after July 31. “First, Covid circumstances have been growing right here after a short respite. Additional, the UAE is wanting ahead to holding Dubai Expo, which was scheduled final yr however received postponed to this October because of the rise in Covid circumstances.
As per our statement, the UAE goes with flight suspension eyeing this occasion because it can not afford suspending it as soon as once more. However this has hit the expats who work within the UAE extra,” he mentioned.“We have now taken this concern up with the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) and the Kerala chief secretary has written to the MEA secretary in search of steps to resolve it,” mentioned an official of NoRKA-Roots, the sector company of the division of non-resident Keralites.