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Emirates bids farewell to last flights before Covid-19 shutdown

A flight from Sao Paulo that landed on Wednesday night was the last Emirates flight to arrive in Dubai

Emirates bids farewell to last flights before Covid-19 shutdown

Emirates ground crews around the globe bid farewell to their last operating flights to Dubai before a temporary halt caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the airline has announced.

In a statement, Emirates said that flight EK 005 to London Heathrow – which departed on 24 March – was the last flight to take off from Dubai.

Flight EK 262 from Sao Paulo, which landed at 22:35 local time in Dubai, was the last flight to arrive in the emirate.

The Emirates statement said that outstation teams from 39 stations around the world – including Prague, Newark, Zurich and Seoul – sent off their last passenger flights before the suspension took effect.

“Over the next weeks Emirates’ operational teams will focus on preparing for service resumption,” the statement added.

As of March 25, Emirates has temporarily suspended all passenger flights from March 25.

“The airline will resume passenger services as it is possible to do so,” the statement said. “Emirates is still busy deploying its fleet of Boeing 777 freighters, bolstering international air cargo links for the transport of vital goods.”

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