Dubai: Chartered flight carrying 184 Bhatkalis takes off from UAE's RAK to Mangaluru, India

Source: S.O. News Service | By Sajjad Quazi | Published on 13th June 2020, 12:54 AM | Coastal News | Gulf News |

Dubai: A chartered flight arranged and organized by one of the well-known Bhatkali businessmen and chairman of Nuha General Trading, Dubai, Mr. Ateequr Rahman Muniri, took off from Ras Al Khaima International Airport, UAE, carrying stranded citizens of Bhatkal and surrounding regions who were stuck in Dubai and other parts of the United Arab Emirates due to COVID-19 lockdown. 

The flight with 175 passengers along with 9 infants took off from the Ras Al Khaima International Airport at 11:20 PM (UAE time) and is expected to touchdown at the Mangaluru International Airport during the early hours of Saturday.

It is said that all the passengers have undergone thermal scanning and even COVID-19 testing before the departure at thr Ras Al Khaimah airport. Considering all the necessary formalities, the passengers were asked to be present at the airport five hours before the time of departure. "While choosing the passengers, Preference was given to pregnant women, old-age people and citizens who had visited Dubai on 14-day visit visa and got stuck for over two months due to lockdown", Mr. Ateequr Rahman Muniri explained.

It shall be noted that all the passengers were taken to the airport five hours before departure by special buses. Over 25 additional people were also taken to the airport separately, to fill empty seats in case anyone from the selected passengers were denied permission to board the flight during thermal scanning and other process.

Mr. Atiqur Rahman Muniri received is being lauded from different sections of society for his initiative of sending stranded citizens of Bhatkal and surrounding regions to back home from UAE. Speaking to SahilOnline, he said that as the news of chartered flight was published on SahilOnline, around 600 people had registered their names, among which only 175 people including 9 infants have been sent in the first flight. "After we came to know about the problems of the distressed people here, plans are already underway to charter more flights to ease their problems," he said. "I received huge support from the Bhatkal community leaders and youth here in Dubai, who gave their complete cooperation and helped with their efforts in successfully chartering the first flight," he added.

On this occasion, many Bhatkal community leaders and youth were present at the airport as volunteets, supporting pre-boarding process and also to bid farewell to the passengers.

Since the nationwide lockdown in UAE, air travel was totally stopped, resulting in hundreds of people ending up stranded in the country. Even though the lockdown was eased later, normal flights did not resume, following which Mr. Ateequr Rahman, a Bhatkali businessman, took the initiative of arranging a chartered flight.


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