UAE warns of ban on charter flight operators selling seats

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UAE warns of ban on charter flight operators selling seats

 

DUBAI – The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has warned charter flight operators selling seats per person that they may be banned from operating in the UAE.

Charter flight companies must only accept single bookings from groups, and should not sell seats per person like in regular passenger flights.

The GCAA issued a circular to charter flight companies reminding them that selling seats on a per person basis is prohibited.

“When business aircraft are used to transport passengers from restricted destinations, they shall not be pooled or sold per seat,” according to GCAA.

The warning came as expatriates looking to circumvent travel restrictions in their country used charter flights to enter the UAE.

“Operators hired for pooling or ‘per seat offer’ may be banned from operating in the UAE. [The] GCAA is collecting all information required from local authorities to verify flight and passenger information,” according to GCAA.

According to the circular, charter flights can only carry a maximum of eight passengers. ICA/Expat Media


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