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Coronavirus: Emirates airline to resume 'limited' passenger flights

Emirates chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said that the flights will initially carry outward travelers from the UAE

Coronavirus: Emirates airline to resume 'limited' passenger flights

Dubai’s Emirates has received approval from UAE authorities to begin flying a “limited” number of passenger flights from Monday, April 6, according to Emirates chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

On his official Twitter account, Sheikh Ahmed – who is also the president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority – said that the flights will initially carry travelers outbound from the UAE.

More details will be announced “soon”, he added. 

“Over time, Emirates looks forward to gradual resumption of passenger services in line with lifting of travel and operational restrictions, including assurance of health measures to safeguard our people and customers,” Sheikh Ahmed said. “Their safety and well-being will always be our top priority.”

Emirates – along with UAE’s other airlines – was forced to suspend passenger flights in late March following a directive from the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to help combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

To help mitigate losses at the airline, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has vowed that Dubai will inject funding into Emirates.

According to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency, the move to inject liquidity to the company is a reflection of “its strategic importance to the Dubai and UAE economy, and the airline’s key role in positioning the emirate as a major international aviation hub”.

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