Emirates has resumed flights for passengers between Manchester and Dubai from June 17.
Twice a week Boeing 777-300ER flights on Wednesdays and Sundays began that morning, with the first touching down at Manchester at 11:42am.
Emirates’ flights from Heathrow to Dubai had already resumed.
The resumption of Manchester services allows passengers boarding in the UK to connect to destinations in the Asia Pacific, including Australia, via Dubai.
But travel restrictions remaining in place in many destinations, and the UK is currently forcing a 14-day self-isolation on all arrivals, which is up for review at the end of June.
Jason McVeigh, Emirates deputy airport services manager at Manchester airport, said: “Our teams in Manchester and Dubai are delighted to be resuming flights for passengers, reconnecting the north with Emirates’ global network after a pause. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board and have taken comprehensive steps to keep passengers, colleagues and communities safe.”
Julian Carr, aviation director at Manchester Airport, added: “It’s great to see Emirates resume its services. The route provides vital connectivity between the two destinations and beyond. With a host of safety measures already in place, the security of all our passengers and staff continues to be our number one priority, as we connect people across the globe.”
Emirates is offering passengers hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes.