An Emirates Airlines plane parked at the Cochin International Airport on Thursday. Ashraf Padanna
AM Abdussalam and Ashraf Padanna, Correspondent
Ending weeks of uncertainty, flights from Kerala to the UAE resumed on Thursday following lifting of ban on entry of passengers from India and five other countries starting from Aug.5, much to the relief of thousands of expatriates from the state.
Passengers travelling from countries where flights had been banned were allowed to transit through UAE airports from Aug.5 as long as they present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure.
Those who are employed in the health, education and government sectors in the UAE as well as students and those who need to complete a course of treatment too could travel to Dubai without getting vaccinated.
On Thursday, 168 passengers departed from the Cochin International Airport for the Emirates.
India's total COVID-19 cases passed 18 million on Thursday after another world record number of daily infections, as gravediggers worked around the clock to bury victims and hundreds more were cremated in makeshift pyres in parks and parking lots.
The video of the event reminds us of an action packed scene from a Hollywood movie.
Emirates CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said this order replaces an agreement for 150 777x Boeing to 126 of that aircraft, and adds 30 of the 787-9 Dreamliners. He spoke to reporters at the Dubai Airshow.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military, said on Tuesday that the terrorists opened fire on a police checkpost in the Khutti area of Dera Ismail Khan district of the province.
"I accept that the House of Commons was misled by my statements that the rules and guidance had been followed completely at No.10," Johnson said on Tuesday.
At least nine people were killed and 44 injured in northwest Pakistan, a Pakistani government official said, and hospitals in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were put into a state of emergency overnight.