Earlier today, an announcement was made by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. He mentioned that Emirates was given approval to start operating limited passenger flights. In a recent update, Emirates listed the destinations via Twitter. The destinations that are included in the limited passenger flights are:
- Dubai to London Heathrow
- Dubai to Frankfurt
- Dubai to Paris
- Dubai to Zurich
- Dubai to Brussels
Take note that these passenger flights are only for evacuation purposes. The General Civil Aviation Authority stresses that suspension of regular flights is still ongoing. In fact, even UAE residence visa holders are still not allowed to enter the UAE for another 2 weeks.
Below is the announcement shared on Twitter by Emirates airline:
The safety and well-being of customers and crew remain our top priority. We have taken several health and safety measures across our operations for your added peace of mind. Read more. https://t.co/sRCpfiuzer 3/3 pic.twitter.com/JbTxkcccFS
— Emirates Airline (@emirates) April 2, 2020
Below is the full statement from Emirates airline which can also be found here.
Emirates announces first passenger flights post suspension
Approvals obtained to fly passengers outbound from the UAE to some destinations from 06 April. Initial flights to commence from Dubai to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich and Brussels
Stringent entry restrictions remain in place at these destinations as well as others across the world; travellers advised to check before travel
Safety and wellbeing of customers and crew remain Emirates’ top priorities
Dubai, UAE, 02 April 2020 – Emirates has received approvals to carry passengers on certain flights. Effective Monday 6 April, initial flights will commence from Dubai to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich, with 4 flights a week to London Heathrow, and 3 flights a week to the other cities.
Operating from Dubai International airport Terminal 2 until further notice, these flights will only carry outbound passengers from the UAE. Emirates will also carry belly-hold cargo in both directions, supporting trade and communities with the transport of essential goods.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline and Group said: “These initial passenger services, although limited to travellers who meet the entry requirements set by the destination countries, will be welcomed by our customers seeking to return home to their countries and families. We would like to thank the UAE government and all our partners for their support in ensuring the smooth operation of our flights.
“While we hope to resume full operations as soon as possible, we acknowledge the challenges faced by many cities in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. Our network can only be restored with the easing of travel restrictions, and we maintain close contact with all authorities for latest updates. We are working closely with the authorities to resume our services, keeping in mind the safety and wellbeing of our crew and customers at every step of the journey. We continuously review the situation and will announce any additional services as they become available.”
Emirates will operate its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on these routes, offering seats in Business and Economy class. Flights can be booked by eligible passengers on www.emirates.com. Travel restrictions are in place at these destinations, and travellers are urged to check entry criteria before they fly.
For health and safety reasons, Emirates will operate a modified inflight service programme on these flights. Magazines and other print reading material will not be available, and while food and beverages will continue to be offered on board, packaging and presentation will be modified to reduce contact during meal service Emirates’ Lounge and Chauffeur Drive services will be temporarily unavailable during this period.
All Emirates aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Dubai, after each journey.