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The launch of the service is likely to offer a major boost to the airline’s business on the India-UAE sector, helping short-term visitors, especially kin of expats.
Air India Express, the low-cost arm of India’s national carrier Air India, is set to offer online UAE visa service, the airline’s top officials said in Dubai on Sunday.
Air India Express (AIE) CEO K. Shyam Sundar announced at a Press conference that the airline was in the process of developing the online UAE visa service facility. The service is expected to be launched by March 31.
Timed just ahead of summer vacations in Indian schools, the launch of the service is likely to offer a major boost to the airline’s business on the India-UAE sector, where it faces tough competition.
“It will even benefit holidaymakers from India to make short visits to Dubai, Abu Dhabi etc,” he said.
Prem Sagar, manager, AI and AIE (Dubai and Northern Emirates), said the airline was working with its representative agency, Arabian Travel Agency, in the UAE to offer the online visa service.
Officials said the service will be offered at competitive rates. “Anybody taking an AIE ticket and taking a visa separately will find it cheaper for him to take both the ticket and the visa from us,” said Sagar.