Flights are expected to begin a day after the nationwide lockdown ends.
According to a tweet by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman and chief executive of the Emirates Group, the Dubai-based airline will resume flights starting April 6.
The airline’s services look set to start several days ahead of the originally planned resumption of flights after a two-week halt meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. Flights are expected to begin a day after the nationwide lockdown finishes.
His tweet said: “Emirates has received approval from UAE authorities to start flying a limited number of passenger flights. From 6 April, these flights will initially carry travelers outbound from the UAE.”
“Over time, Emirates looks forward to the gradual resumption of passenger services in line with (the) lifting of travel & operational restrictions, including assurance of health measures to safeguard our people & customers,” he added.
As of March 25, all regularly scheduled commercial flights were grounded across the UAE. This drastic measure caught tourists off-guard and many were stranded in the Persian Gulf country since.
On April 2, Etihad Airways arranged a special repatriation flight for Australian citizens who had been stuck in Abu Dhabi. The Australian Consulate-General in Dubai said to the travelers in a tweet that this was “a one-off flight and may be the last chance for you to leave the UAE for some time.”
Meanwhile, other travelers have also been rescued on specially chartered flights from Ras al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi. Emirates has been involved in repatriating a small number of Emirati citizens who were stuck overseas at the time the lockdown began.
Further details about the resumption of flights would be announced soon.
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