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Action taken against those accountable for lapse on flight to Dubai: Air India Express

Air India Express on Friday said it has advised the handling agents to implement a three-tier checking mechanism to avoid any lapses, after a COVID-19 positive passenger was found on a flight to Dubai leading to the suspension of operations till October 2.

ANI | New Delhi | Updated: 18-09-2020 19:00 IST | Created: 18-09-2020 19:00 IST
Action taken against those accountable for lapse on flight to Dubai: Air India Express
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Air India Express on Friday said it has advised the handling agents to implement a three-tier checking mechanism to avoid any lapses, after a COVID-19 positive passenger was found on a flight to Dubai leading to the suspension of operations till October 2. In a notice issued by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, the operation was suspended for 15 days, after a COVID-19 positive passenger was found onboard a Jaipur-Dubai flight.

The airline also said that a notice has been issued on "account of erroneous acceptance of one COVID-19 positive passenger by the Airline's ground handling agents at Delhi and Jaipur on Air India Express flights to Dubai on August 28 and September 4" and appropriate punitive action has been taken against those who were held accountable for the serious lapse at Delhi and Jaipur. "As an abundant precaution, the airline has advised the handling agents to implement a three-tier checking mechanism to avoid any such lapse in the future," Air India Express said through a tweet.

"Based on the airline's communication to them, the concerned ground handling agencies have taken appropriate punitive action against their employees who have been held accountable for the lapse at Delhi and Jaipur," it added. It also said that it has reiterated the instructions to the handling agencies in India to strictly adhere to the regulation/SOP in relation to the acceptance of passengers on its flights.

It further said, "As per information gathered, passengers who were seated in close proximity to the COVID positive passenger on each flight had undergone COVID test/quarantined as determined by the Dubai Health authority." Meanwhile according to the notice issued by the Dubai authority, for the resumption of operation to its airports, Air India Express will have to submit a corrective action/procedure implemented to prevent such incidents from occurring again. (ANI)


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