Dubai-based Emirates Airline will only fly to two destinations in the upcoming week from its main base at Dubai International Airport (DXB). This is part of an effort to help get people home who have been stranded by the COVID-19 outbreak.
In an effort to help stranded traveler, Emirates announced on April 2, 2020, that they would be operating select flights to certain European cities. From April 6th, the United Arab Emirates flag carrier was flying just a limited number of flights to the destinations of Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Paris, and Zurich.
Flights to Brussels and Zurich were available up until April 11th while flights to Paris were flown up until today, April 12th. This now means that one of the world’s largest airlines is now only flying to London Heathrow (LHR) and Frankfurt am Main (FRA).
All flights are now departing Dubai’s Terminal 3
According to a statement released by the airline, these remaining two flights will only operate up until Sunday, April 19th. The four remaining flights to London will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. All will depart Dubai at 09:40 and arrive in London at 14:25.
The flights to Frankfurt will operate on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, departing Dubai at 09:00, arriving in Frankfurt at 14:30.
Both destinations will operate out of Dubai’s Terminal 3.
Passengers to undergo thermal screening
Emirates advises passengers to arrive at least three hours before your flight to undergo thermal screening procedures at the airport. Emirates also asks that you bring your own facemask and surgical gloves. All passengers are asked to adhere to social distancing rules.
Cabin baggage on flights will not be permitted with the exception of a laptop, handbag, or baby items. Seating for the flights will be allocated by Emirates to ensure social distancing guidelines are being met.
A Boeing 777-300ER will be used for the remaining flights
On the remaining two routes, Emirates has deployed one of its Boeing 777-300ERs and says that the aircraft will go through an enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Dubai, after each journey.
While talking about the flights, Emirates says that the safety and wellbeing of customers and crew remain Emirates’ top priority while travel restrictions remain in place due to the coronavirus crisis.
When speaking about the need for the remaining flight’s Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said:
“These initial passenger services, although limited to travelers who meet the entry requirements set by the destination countries, will be welcomed by our customers seeking to return home to their countries and families. We would like to thank the UAE government and all our partners for their support in ensuring the smooth operation of our flights.
“While we hope to resume full operations as soon as possible, we acknowledge the challenges faced by many cities in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. Our network can only be restored with the easing of travel restrictions, and we maintain close contact with all authorities for the latest updates. We are working closely with the authorities to resume our services, keeping in mind the safety and wellbeing of our crew and customers at every step of the journey. We continuously review the situation and will announce any additional services as they become available.”
Other than this week’s remaining flights to London and Frankfurt, only emergency evacuation flights and vital cargo will operate from DXB.
It would appear that once this week’s flights to Europe are completed, Emirates will be suspending all operations until further notice unscoring the point that people needing to get home do so now.