Emirates has unveiled plans to resume scheduled
flights to nine destinations: Chicago, Frankfurt, London Heathrow,
Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Paris, Sydney, and Toronto
from 21 May 2020, 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.
This week, the airline plans to operate
flights from Dubai to Tokyo Narita (15 May), Conakry (16 May), and
Dakar (16 May).
Health and Safety on Emirates
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.
and masks are mandatory for all customers and employees at the
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 minimise
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
Cabin baggage has to be checked-in, and customers
only be allowed to carry essential items such as a laptop, handbag, briefcase or
baby items on board.