Emirates has announced it will be resuming commercial passenger services from June 15. The news comes following the UAE Federal Government’s decision to lift restrictions on transit passenger services.
The airline will offer flights to 16 additional cities, adding to the 29 cities it is already servicing for scheduled cargo operations.
Commercial routes will now be on offer from Heathrow off the back of current cargo flights from June 11.
Manchester Airport will also receive Emirates flights as part of the airline’s boosted itinerary from June 15.
Other destinations on offer from mid-June include Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth and Brisbane.
Emirates has continued to fly throughout the pandemic in order to deliver vital cargo and assist in the repatriation of citizens.
Now, scheduled destinations including Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne and Manila will also resume commercial journeys.
Emirates states: “Customers can book to fly between destinations in the Asia Pacific and Europe or the Americas, with a convenient connection in Dubai, as long as they meet travel and immigration entry requirements of their destination country.”
However, much like many commercial operators, the Dubai-based airline has set out new hygiene measures to ensure the health and safety of all passengers and crew onboard.
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“Emirates is implementing a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the traveller’s journey, to enhance the sanitisation of all touchpoints, and ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees,” explained Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ chief operating officer.
“The risk of catching an infection on an aircraft is already very low, but we have spared no effort in reviewing and redesigning every step, from check-in to disembarkation.
“Every measure implemented is an additional reduction in risk, and taken altogether, our aim is really to make flying as safe as possible.”
The company has introduced complimentary hygiene kits which will be given to every passenger upon check-in. These kits comprise of masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser.
Gloves and face masks will be mandators for all customers and employees at the airport in Dubai, however on flights only masks will be mandatory.
Customers will be subject to a temperature check and thermal scan before embarking on their journey.
Physical distancing indicators will be mapped out at check, immigration, boarding and transfer areas.
All cabin crew will be kitted out in PPE, and lavatories will be cleaned every 45 minutes.
Additional hand sanitiser will be available in onboard bathrooms.
To minimise the risk of infection by touch, magazines and print reading material will not be available onboard flights.
In premium classes, single-use menus and wine lists will be provided to passengers.
Comfort items such as mattresses, pillows, blankets, headphones and toys will be hygienically sealed.
Emirates will resume its service with hot meals, using high quality, cutlery and crockery, sterilised before each use.
Furthermore, all cabin crew will be tested for COVID-19 at the end of every trip.
“All these measures, in combination with the proactive pandemic management strategies that the UAE has taken, show the seriousness with which we are taking the health and safety of our local and global communities and will give confidence to the public,” added Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer.
Published at Thu, 04 Jun 2020 17:05:00 +0000