Emirates and Etihad will operate flights in the coming days to fly passengers home
The UAE’s aviation regulator has clarified that the flights being operated by Emirates airline and Etihad Airways in the coming days are solely for repatriation purposes.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) affirmed that the decision to suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE is still in effect as part of the precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
In a statement, the GCAA said passenger flights from the UAE will carry UAE residents and visitors wishing to return back to their respective home countries. It added that the flights have been temporarily allowed after all relevant precautionary measures required by the Ministry of Health and Prevention have been carried out.
Emirates airline said Thursday it is to resume a limited number of outbound passenger flights from April 6, to London (Heathrow), Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich, with four flights per week for London and three for the other cities.
Cleaning and disinfection of the planes will take place after each flight and they will not carry passengers on return journeys to Dubai, the airline said.
"Over the time, Emirates looks forward to the 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," said Emirates chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum.