Emirates has announced its plan to resume scheduled flight services from 21 May to nine destinations. The nine destinations are London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne.
The airline will also offer connections in Dubai for customers traveling between the UK and Australia.
The airline will accept only travelers who 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.
In addition to this, Emirates will also work closely with embassies and consulates to facilitate repatriation flights. This service is for visitors and residents wishing to return to their home country.
According to Emirates, the safety and wellbeing of passengers and employees is Emirates’ top priority. In preparation for the resumption of flight services, the airline has already enhanced various precautionary measures throughout the customer journey.
At Dubai International airport, customers and employees will have their temperatures checked via thermal scanners. Protective barriers have been installed at check-in counters to provide additional safety during interaction. Gloves and masks are mandatory for all customers and employees at the airport. In addition, Emirates’ cabin crew, boarding agents and ground staff who interact directly with travelers will don personal protective equipment (PPE) including a protective disposable gown and safety visor.
There would also be social distancing protocols by placing physical indicators on the ground and at waiting areas in the airport to ensure travelers maintain a safe distance.
Emirates has initiated a stringent safety programme to ensure aircraft cabins remain clean and sanitary. The airline’s modern aircraft cabins have been fitted with advanced HEPA air filters. This removes 99.97% of viruses and eliminate dust, allergens and germs from cabin air for a healthier and safer on-board environment.
After its journey and on landing in Dubai, each aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes to ensure safety and proper sanitation.
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