SpiceJet said it would operate flights between 12 July and 26 July from four Indian cities to Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE for qualified “ICA-approved residents of the UAE”. ICA stands for Federal Nationality and Citizenship Authority of the UAE. A passenger with a valid UAE residence permit must obtain ICA approval before taking any flight into that country.
The airline said in a press release that it will operate flights to the UAE from Delhi , Mumbai, Kozhikode and Kochi. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, India suspended all scheduled international passenger flights on 23 March. Most Indian nationals who hold valid UAE residency permits and are currently in India have been complaining about the lack of flights between the two countries on social media for the last few weeks.
All these flights will hold only those passengers bound for the Gulf country on India to UAE journeys, it noted. The ministry also said, “Indian airlines operating repatriation flights to carry Indian people from the UAE to India will be permitted to take residents of the ICA-approved UAE (returning to the UAE from India) on their outward journey from India to the UAE.’