Emirates suspended flights from Pakistan after passengers tested positive for Covid. 26 passengers on board a flight from Pakistan to Hong Kong via Dubai were tested positive for the virus. The decision came in line with this news. In other news, Emirates’s A380- The World’s Largest Passenger Plane Is Returning To The Skies.
“Following the announcement of positive Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong relating to certain passengers who travelled on our flights, Emirates has taken the decision to temporarily suspend passenger services from Pakistan, from 24 June,” read a statement in a Gulf News article.
However, the Dubai-based carrier said that cargo and repatriation flights to Pakistan will function as scheduled. Emirates had earlier resumed services to Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi to bring back stranded UAE residents, after travel restrictions eased by the UAE and Pakistan authorities.
Emirates said it was co-ordinating closely with the various authorities to resolve the issue and will take all further action to ensure safety of customers.
Meanwhile, Emirates is all set to welcome tourists back to Dubai. The airline has beefed up air travel protocols and the new set of rules will facilitate international travel for UAE citizens, residents and tourists. Dubai will open for business and leisure visitors from 7 July.
Emirates recently released a new video, conveying that they are ready to welcome business visitors and tourists to the UAE from July. The video talks about how Dubai is open to tourists. “Open for fun, open for happy, open for Arabian culture, open for bucket lists…. This city has arms wide open, and they’re open for you”- the video says.
Dubai is Open. We are ready to welcome business visitors and tourists to our city and country in July. pic.twitter.com/Q91vbEEidf
— HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (@HHAhmedBinSaeed) June 22, 2020
What Are The New Protocols?
The new protocols for travel into and out of Dubai airports were announced under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum- Ruler of Dubai.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive said: “the decisions to issue new travel protocols for citizens, residents and tourists travelling through Dubai airports and welcome returning residents, under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will strengthen the economy by boosting one of its major pillars, the tourism and travel sector”.
In the past weeks, Emirates has gradually expanded our network by offering services to a number of destinations. Currently, Emirates connects Dubai to 40 cities. The new list of countries include:
- Colombo -20 June
- Sialkot – 24 June
- Istanbul – 25 June
- Auckland- 1 July
- Beirut- 1 July
- Brussels- 1 July
- Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – 1 July
- Barcelona and Washington DC- 15 July
On another note, Emirates Opens Bookings To India, Pak from 1 July.
Emirates’ flights from Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Pakistan, will only carry outbound passengers to the UAE and onward destinations. This will take the total number of Emirates destinations on offer for travellers to 40, providing more options for customers who wish to return home or those travelling for essential purposes.
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In addition, Emirates will also add flights to the following cities in July:
- London Heathrow
- New York JFK
- Kuala Lumpur
- Hong Kong
Customers can book to fly between destinations in the Middle East, 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.