Emirates to begin flying again

Emirates to operate to 29 destinations from Dubai

Emirates is to begin flying a limited number of passenger flights. This comes after it had announced suspension of its flights on March 25th. Emirates is one of the largest airlines in the world. It consists of long haul fleet which includes A380 and B777. Its base Dubai, is one of the busiest airport in the world and its primary traffic comes from transit passengers.

Restarting operations

Emirates has received approval from the UAE government to restart passenger service on a limited number of flights. From April 6, the airline will operate to London-Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich and Brussels.

Emirates will be operating 4 flights to London-Heathrow weekly and 3 flights will be operated each to the other destinations. These flights will be operated only from Terminal-2 and will only carry outbound passengers from Dubai.

Emirates to begin flying again
Emirates will start operating to a selected number of cities in London-Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich and Brussels. Photo: Aerowanderer

It will also be carrying belly hold cargo in both directions in order to facilitate smooth flow of cargo on a global scale. Emirates will be using a B777-300ER on these routes. . There will also be a modified inflight service for heath and safety reasons. The airline also added there will be no inflight magazines or print reading material.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline and Group in a statement 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”.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum on resuming passenger flights

He also added the airline will look to increase its passenger flights on par with the removal of global restrictions and bans. Emirates also added that while resuming passenger flights on a small scale, it will bring UAE citizens for free on all flights and that stranded UAE citizens should contact their nearest UAE embassy.

Previous flight suspension

Emirates had initially on 22nd March had announced its decision to suspend all passenger services only to reverse this decision to keep flights in the air. A few days later UAE’s second largest airline Etihad Airways announced its decision to suspend flights. A day later, a UAE government directive made it compulsory for airlines to suspend operations.

Fellow Gulf carrier Qatar Airways meanwhile was expanding operations including flying to Brisbane which is a destination it had not previously connected. The main reason we understand was that there were a lot of passengers who wanted to fly back to their origin and Doha proved an excellent hub for connectivity.

Qatar Airways B777-300ER
Qatar Airways has added new flights to Brisbane and has added more seats to aid passengers reach their destination. Photo: Qatar Airways

Emirates has now again stated it will restart operating flights in planned and a slow manner in accordance with removal of travel restrictions and bans by governments throughout the world.

Conclusion

Emirates, being one of the world’s most connected airline will begin operating a few number of flights to Europe. We believe this is mainly to transport stranded citizens to their origin. This along with the announcement of Etihad also operating some flights does seem like things are getting better.

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