The passengers were disappointed that my return flight from UAE was unable to take off on Saturday and the Indians are concerned about the fate of future return flights from the Emirates after they could not afford two charter flights to India on Saturday in the absence of approval of the authorities in India.
The Islamic Cultural Center of Kerala, a charitable organization, said that Etihad flight EY254 from Abu Dhabi to Kozhikode was canceled "at the last moment" because the General Administration of Civil Aviation did not send the necessary permission to land in India.
The plane, carrying 183 passengers, was scheduled to leave at 2.20 pm from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Although official comments from the Indian or Emirati authorities are not immediately available, Indian media reports indicate that Emirati airlines have been orally informed of a decision preventing them from operating any additional flights to India.
The denial of Emirates Airlines to the operation of repatriation flights raises concern among arrivals as more Indians were deported from the United Arab Emirates through flights operated by Willavar groups and companies than those through government trips to the homeland.
In the past months, the organization has operated 13 return flights from Abu Dhabi to help more than 2,500 Indians return.