New Delhi, June 25
UAE-based Indian businessman S P Singh Oberoi was pleasantly stunned to have the entire plane to himself when he boarded Air India’s flight from Amritsar to Dubai with an economy-class ticket in hand.
Oberoi, who holds a golden visa that permits 10-year lengthy residency within the UAE, was the only real passenger on the nationwide service’s Dubai-bound three-hour flight that departed from Amritsar round 3.45 am on Wednesday, an official stated.
During the flight, he snapped photos with the crew members and paced up and down the plane a number of occasions with none hindrance.
Air India didn’t reply to PTI’s request for an announcement on this matter.
This was the third time within the final 5 weeks when a flight to Dubai had just one passenger.
On May 19, a 40-year-old man named Bhavesh Javeri was the lone passenger on Emirates’ Mumbai-Dubai flight. Three days later, one other man named Oswald Rodrigues was the lone passenger on Air India’s Mumbai-Dubai flight.
Flights on India-Dubai routes had been probably the most profitable ones for carriers within the pre-pandemic occasions due to excessive demand. However, because the onset of the pandemic, site visitors on India-Dubai routes have taken a serious hit.
India and its aviation sector had been particularly reeling throughout April and May this 12 months due to the pandemic’s second wave, which is receding at the moment.
India suspended its scheduled worldwide flights on March 23, 2020, when the primary wave struck the nation. However, particular worldwide flights have been working beneath Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020 and beneath air bubble pacts fashioned with round 27 nations since July 2020.
Flights between India and the UAE have additionally been working beneath an air bubble association. Under this, restricted flights might be operated between the 2 nations with restrictions. PTI