The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has barred operation of private jets from India to the UAE even though they were getting increasingly popular among stranded expats, rued private jet operators, travel agents, and passengers who were waiting to board these flights.
The decision has come as a huge disappointment for desperate expats who are trying every means possible to return to the UAE, and were shelling out up to Dh15,000 per ticket.
All charter flights were operating with the appropriate permissions and clearances for the specific mission, route and destination, said the charterers.
Afi Ahmed, managing director of Smart Travels, said he has received news from official sources that all approvals for operation of private jets have been barred until July 10.
On July 3, India’s DGCA announced via an official circular that scheduled international flights will remain suspended till month-end and only those on a case-to-case basis will be allowed to operate.
These flights were suspended on March 22 due to the ongoing pandemic.