The flight, operated by Go First, took off for Sharjah at 6:30pm from Srinagar and landed at Sharjah International Airport at 9:30pm UAE time. The flight revives direct air link between the Kashmir Valley and the UAE after 11 years.
In the notification, the Directorate General of Central Aviation (DGCA), however, said: "This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA."
The decision was taken in light of spike in coronavirus cases in Indian and the emergence of new COVID variants.
Bhavesh Javeri boarded the 360-seater Boeing 777 from Mumbai, capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra, to Dubai on 19 May and recorded his experience in a video that has now gone viral.
Passenger air services were suspended in late March 2020 due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19. While domestic flight services resumed from May 25, 2020, international flight services were only maintained via 'Bubble Agreements.'
Mumbai has revised its quarantine measures for passengers arriving from the UAE, including Dubai. People flying to Mumbai from the UAE will not have to undergo any PCR tests on arrival.
"This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the Indian civil aviation regulator." Similarly, flights under the 'Air Bubble' agreement will not be affected.
Mumbai is the seventh city in India that Air Arabia Abu Dhabi flies to after Calicut, Chennai, Jaipur, Karachi, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram.
The move comes on the back of the decision by the Indian government to restore international flights to and from the country in line with established bilateral agreements from the end of March 2022.
Flights to Hong Kong are down 90% and hardly any are allowed to transit as the financial hub isolates itself from the world in the hope it can contain a coronavirus outbreak, even though new infections are overwhelmingly local transmissions.