Air India Express to connect south Indian cities from Sharjah – Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Coimbatore included

Air India Express, a subsidiary of Air India, has announced nine new flights connecting various south Indian cities from July 9-14. The move follows the UAE government’s objection to Vande Bharat Mission flights operated by Air India.

Air India Express will operate these flights as part of the repatriation mission from Sharjah, according to the Indian Consulate in Dubai.  The flights will connect Madurai, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli, Kochi and Hyderabad.

Indian nationals registered with the Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi or the Consulate-General of India in Dubai and fulfilling the required entry conditions can book through the Air India Express booking offices or online at or through authorised travel agents in the UAE. The bookings have commenced.

The passport number and contact number should be entered accurately. Otherwise, tickets can be cancelled or boarding passes may be denied, the Indian Consulate said.

While 75% of the tickets are open for sale, 25% are reserved for those with emergency cases handled by the missions.

On July 9, there will be two flights to south India from Sharjah. At 10.30 am (local time) there will be a flight from Sharjah to Coimbatore and then at 2 pm the next flight will depart for Madurai. The next day, on July 10, there will be a Sharjah-Thiruvananthapuram flight at 8 pm and prior to that the Sharjah-Tiruchirapalli connection at 2 pm.

On July 11, at 8 am the Sharjah-Kochi flight will depart. At 2 pm, there will be a flight headed to Hyderabad. The next day, July 12, the Sharjah-Coimbatore flight is scheduled at 2 pm and on July 13, there is one flight connecting the Sharjah-Hyderabad sector.

On the final day, July 14, there is another Thiruvananthapuram flight departing at 2 pm from Sharjah.