Dubai: UAE carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways have resumed limited passenger flights, two weeks after as UAE authorities grounded all Emirati airlines as part of wider shutdowns to combat coronavirus.
The flights are open to foreign citizens who wish to leave the United Arab Emirates. Still, no incoming passengers are allowed to enter the country. All the citizens from the Gulf countries will be banned from re-entering until at least mid-April.
Dubai’s Emirates, the largest carrier in the Middle East, operated a flight to London late Sunday and another to Frankfurt on Monday as part of its limited resumption.
It said in a statement that it plans to operate four flights a week to London and three weekly flights each to Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich.
Wearing face masks and other protective gear at Dubai Airport on Monday, some 212 travellers to Frankfurt went through thermal screening before they boarded the aircraft.
Last week Emirates said that cleaning and disinfecting planes would take after the flight.
Etihad, on the other hand, operated a flight to Seoul, South Korea.
The airline said that it would operate seven flights to Seoul, five to Singapore, six to Manila and two trips to Jakarta respectively till April 21.
UAE civil aviation authorities announced a total ban on passenger flights in the last week of march at all airports of UAE.
But Emirates and Etihad on Thursday were issued approvals by the UAE civil aviation Authorities for helping foreign passengers who are in the United Arab Emirates.
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