According to the Gulf News, UAE airline, flydubai, is cancelling all flights to India between March 17 and 31, according to an update on their website. The airline services eight destinations in India, including Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Calicut and Kochi.
The update read, “India: Following a directive from the authorities in India, flydubai flights to and from India will be cancelled between March 17-31.”
The Indian government had laid down travel restrictions on Monday (March 16) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from high-risk areas, along with comprehensive measures to maintain, ‘Social distancing’ to prevent local transmissions. India issued the new travel advisory after a meeting of the Group of Ministers on COVID-19.
On Tuesday, March 17, India prohibited travel of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines; Malaysia to #India is prohibited with immediate effect. The Ministry of External Affairs in its latest tweet said: “No flight shall take off from these countries to India after 1500 hours Indian Standard Time.”
India also prohibited travel from member countries of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and UK. No airline shall board a passenger from these nations to India with effect from 1200 GMT on March 18. The airlines shall enforce this at the port of initial departure, the government announced.
“Both these instructions are temporary measures and shall be in force till March 31 and will be reviewed subsequently,” it added.