Emirates Reinstates Select Flights to Help Stranded Citizens Return Home
The airline will be flying to Frankfurt, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Lagos, London Heathrow, Madrid, Manila and Tunis.
Emirates Airlines is resuming select flights to help stranded passengers get home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In an announcement released on Thursday, the airline said they would be reinstating flights to Frankfurt, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Lagos, London Heathrow, Madrid, Manila and Tunis on select days to repatriate visitors.
The directive comes after the United Arab Emirates, the government directed a total shutdown of flights, due to the spread of COVID-19, leaving people from outside of UAE no way to get home. The flights will run until April 30.
The majority of the destinations will only have one flight available over the next week with specific requirements that passengers must meet.
“Only citizens of the destination countries, and those who meet the entry requirements of the destination will be allowed to board," the airline said. “Customers will be required to follow all health and safety measures required by the UAE authorities and the country of destination.”
Passengers are required to wear their own face masks and gloves at the airport and on the plane and service will be reduced to limit the amount of person-to-person contact. Aircraft will undergo enhanced cleaning and disinfecting after each flight.
Emirates plans to reopen a more regular schedule from July 1, pending government approval to fly.
In the meantime, the airline has been administering a rapid blood test to passengers boarding flights to make sure they are in good health before flying.
Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways is also flying outbound-only flights from the UAE. The airline is flying home foreign nationals stranded in the UAE to Amsterdam, Dublin, Jakarta, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul Incheon, Singapore, Tokyo and Zurich. Etihad will begin operating a reduced schedule from May 1 through June 30, according to a press release.
The Dubai airport has implemented new safety procedures for passengers, including a thermal temperature scanners for everyone who enters and physical indicators on the ground so passengers maintain a six-foot distance while they’re waiting in line.
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