By Staff writer
Passengers must adhere to safety procedures for repatriation flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Emirates airline and Etihad Airways have resumed limited passenger operations, with repatriation flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The flights are open to foreign citizens who wish to leave the United Arab Emirates, but no incoming passengers are allowed.
Wearing face masks and other protective gear at Dubai Airport on Monday, some 212 travellers to Frankfurt went through thermal screening before they boarded the aircraft.
Etihad said on its Twitter account that it resumed limited operation with a passenger flight to Seoul on Sunday.
The carrier said it will operate seven flights to Seoul, five to Singapore, six to Manila and two flights to Jakarta through April 21.
Emirates current destinations include London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, and Zurich, with four flights per week for London and three for the other cities.
Before booking flights, passengers are asked to first check eligibility from the respective country government guidance and entry criteria on the IATA information page to ensure you are able to travel.
In its travel update, Emirates has warned that all passengers must adhere to safety procedures in order to board the flights, which depart from Terminal 2 and not the regular Terminal 3 for Emirates flights. Passengers are asked to check-in and arrive three hours ahead of departure at Terminal 2 to avoid any delays.
In addition, and in keeping with UAE guidelines, passengers are reminded to bring their own face masks, hand gloves and abide by social distancing rules.
All passengers looking to board flights will undergo thermal screening procedures at the airport.
“Passengers are reminded that cabin baggage will not be accepted on these flights, items allowed will be limited to laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items; any other items will have to be checked in,” the airline said in its travel update.
On board the flight, Emirates said it will be a “modified inflight service programme on these flights”.
“Magazines and other print reading material will not be available, and while food and beverages will continue to be offered on board, packaging and presentation will be modified to reduce contact during meal service and the risk of infection,” the airline said.
“Emirates’ Lounge and Chauffeur Drive services will be temporarily unavailable during this period,” it added.
All Emirates aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Dubai after each journey.