The flights flew to Afghanistan, Croatia, Egypt, Iran, Russia, Sudan, Somaliland, and Thailand
Dubai-based airline Flydubai has operated 23 repatriation flights carrying 2,800 passengers from the UAE between March 19 and April 8, the airline has announced.
According to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency, the flights – operating from Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport – flew to Afghanistan, Croatia, Egypt, Iran, Russia, Sudan, Somaliland, and Thailand.
The flights were all approved by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the governments of the respective countries.
The flights only carried outbound passengers from the UAE. Only UAE nationals were allowed to travel on the return sector. The flights also carried essential goods in the belly-hold of the passenger aircraft in both directions, including medical supplies across the network.
Over the course of the next week, Flydubai plans to operate as many as 10 more repatriation flights.
“We acknowledge the challenges we are all facing in dealing with this pandemic and the impact it will have not only on our industry, but also on our livelihood and how we do things moving forward,” Hamad Obaidalla, chief commercial officer of Flydubai.
“We choose to remain focused on how we can contribute to easing the strain, enabling the movement of essential goods to where they are needed and bringing back people home when possible,” Obaidalla added. “We remain committed to supporting requests from governments to operate repatriation flights for their citizens.”