This post was originally published on 4 January 2019.
India’s national carrier Air India has decided to implement uniform charges for flying human remains from GCC countries to India, thereby stopping the practice of levying repatriation costs depending on the weight of the remains.
According to a report on Gulf News, the new flat rates will be come into effect on January 5 in all sectors across India, irrespective of destination and weight of the body.
The airline is implementing the same scheme in all GCC countries. The freight charges will be fixed as below:
- UAE: 1500 UAE Dirhams
- Qatar: 2200 Qatari Riyal
- Saudi Arabia: 2200 Saudi Riyal
- Bahrain: 225 Bahraini Dinar
- Oman: 160 Omani Riyal
- Kuwait: 175 Kuwait Dinar
There will be a 50 percent discount in the case of children below 12.
The Indian Consulate in Dubai has been informed about the move verbally, a consulate official told Gulf News.
Air India’s method of calculating the freight charges based on the weight of the deceased had been widely criticized by Indian expats, especially the social workers in the UAE who have been campaigning relentlessly against it.