Emirates has unveiled plans to resume scheduled flights to nine destinations: Chicago, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Paris, Sydney, and Toronto from May 21, subject to government approval.
The airline will also offer connections in Dubai for customers travelling between the UK and Australia.
Travellers will only be accepted on these flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries. This includes an approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) for UAE residents who wish to return to Dubai.
Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer, 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 in respect to social distancing and sanitization. The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and communities, remain our top priority.”
In addition to the scheduled services, Emirates will also continue to work closely with embassies and consulates to facilitate repatriation flights for visitors and residents wishing to return home.
Last week, the airline operated flights from Dubai to Tokyo Narita, Conakry and Dakar.
Health and Safety
At Dubai International airport, customers and employees will have their temperatures checked via thermal scanners and protective barriers have been installed at check-in counters to provide additional safety during interaction.
Gloves and masks are mandatory for all customers and employees at the airport.
In addition, Emirates’ cabin crew, boarding agents and ground staff who interact directly with travellers will don personal protective equipment (PPE) including a protective disposable gown and safety visor.
For health and safety reasons and to minimize interaction on-board, Emirates will offer a modified in-flight service that focuses on reducing contact.
Magazines and print reading material will not be available during this time.
Cabin baggage has to be checked in, and customers will only be allowed to carry essential items such as a laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items on board.© Asia Travel Tips