These special flights will be stripped back, with no online check-in and no seat selection.
In light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Dubai-based carrier has announced more repatriation flights to help bring stranded travelers back home.
Services to destinations including Jakarta, Manila, Taipei, Chicago, Tunis, Algiers, and Kabul will join existing flights to London, Paris, Brussels, Zurich, and Frankfurt. All repatriation departures will be operated from Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport.
According to Emirates, these special flights will be stripped back, with no online check-in and no seat selection. Chauffeur-drive services and lounge access will be suspended as well. Food and drinks will still be available on board these flights, although packaging and presentation will be modified to reduce contact during meal service.
Travelers should also note that cabin baggage will not be accepted on flights and is limited to a laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items. They also have to arrive three hours prior to departure and are required to wear their own masks when at the airport and onboard the plane. Social distancing rules apply and passengers will be subjected to health and safety checks required by the United Arab Emirates government.
To minimize the risk of infection, all aircraft used for the repatriation flights will undergo enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures after every service.
The Chairman and CEO of Emirates, HH 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.”
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