Dubai based airline Emirates, has announced it will begin scheduled passenger flights to 9 destinations. The scheduled flights will resume on 21 May and the destinations include London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne. The inclusion of Sydney and Melbourne offers connections in Dubai for passengers travelling between Australia and the UK.
To be accepted onto any of these flights, passengers will need to comply with the eligibility and entry criteria of the country of their destination. In the case of UAE residents wishing to the UAE, this includes the approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) .
In a statement released by Emirates, 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.”
Emirates will also continue where possible with repatriation flights, for visitors and residents wishing to return to their home countries and, over the next few days, has plans to operate repatriation flights from Dubai to Tokyo Narita on 15 May and Conakry and Dakar 16 May.