Emirates Airlines flights had been closed for a long time due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company is now going to resume its passenger flights to 9 destinations from May 21 till June 30. They have confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement said that from May 21, they will resume their scheduled flights to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne. Emirates authorities have also offered to connect in Dubai, passengers travelling between the UK and Australia.
Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer of Emirates, said, “We are pleased to resume scheduled passenger services to these destinations, providing more options for customers to travel from the UAE to these cities, and also between the UK and Australia. We are working closely with the authorities to plan the resumption of operations to additional destinations. We have implemented additional measures at the airport in coordination with the relevant authorities concerning social distancing and sanitisation. The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and communities, remain our top priority.”
Along with the launching of scheduled flights, Emirates is in touch with embassies to facilitate repatriation flights for tourists and residents, willing to return to the country.
The airline has enhanced precautionary measures for the safety of passengers and employees in preparation for the launch of the flight which includes a mandatory DHA test on arrival in Dubai. All Emirates aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Dubai, after each journey. Gloves and masks are mandatory for all at the airport.
The airline authorities made the announcement the day after the Dubai government relaxed lockdown restrictions.
Private beaches have also been opened for hotel guests. However, the adequate social distance must be maintained there as well. Tram and ferry services have also been resumed in Dubai. However, mosques, nightclubs, and government beaches in the city are still closed.
A 24-hour curfew has been imposed earlier from April 5 to prevent coronavirus. On April 24, the curfew was relaxed and reduced to eight hours at night. Besides, all the restaurants and shopping malls have been opened on the condition of 30 per cent of the capacity.
Flights will be available for booking on www.emirates.com