Six Passengers Test Positive After Taking Emirates Flight To Australia

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Six Passengers Test Positive After Taking Emirates Flight To Australia

After adding services to over 48 destinations, Emirates has now added more flights to its routes. The recent update is that the airline will re-start passenger flights to Cairo, Tunis, Glasgow and Malé. While the airline is slowly resuming services to countries across the globe, a recent incident on an Emirates flight has triggered much unrest among travellers.

On another note, Emirates Refunded AED 1.9 Billion To Passengers In Two Months, updates booking policies and has also reopened lounges and resumes chauffeur services.

Six Passengers Test Positive After Taking Emirates Flight To Australia

Six passengers who took the Emirates flight EK420 to Perth on July 1, tested positive for Covid. Four women and two men aged between 40-64, were confirmed Covid positive, after landing. The six people, along with other passengers who were aboard the same flight were quarantined in a hotel. The total number of passengers in the flight was not revealed.

However, it still remains unclear from where the six people contracted the virus and if the tests were conducted before they left Dubai. People who were known to have interacted with the six people as well as those seated near them were asked to self quarantine for 14 days. All other passengers were asked to monitor their health for two weeks and report to health authorities in case they developed any symptoms.

In other news, Emirates’s A380- The World’s Largest Passenger Plane Is Returning To The Skies. 

Emirates Suspends Flights From Pakistan After Passengers Test Positive

Earlier, 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.

“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 Flight Routes Now Operating

Hong Kong
Kuala Lumpur
London Heathrow
New York JFK

Flight Routes Scheduled To Resume From July

  1. Khartoum- from 03 July
  2. Amman- from 05 July
  3. Osaka- from 07 July
  4. Narita- from 08 July
  5. Athens- from 15 July
  6. Larnaca- from 15 July
  7. Rome- 15 July

Customers from Emirates’ network will also now be able to travel to Dubai following the announcement that the city will be open for business and leisure visitors from 07 July. Customers can book to fly between destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe or the Americas, through Dubai, as long as they meet travel and immigration entry requirements of their destination country.

Emirates’ Precautionary Measures

Emirates has now resumed flights between Dubai and 40 other destinations. Once aboard, all passengers will be given a complimentary hygiene kit consisting of mask, gloves, sanitizer, and antibacterial wipes. In order to ensure social distancing, passengers will begin boarding row-by-row from the last to the first in small numbers. Emirates crew will be dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE).

Passengers must check in all luggages, and only essential items such as a laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items will be permitted on board. Cabin service assistant (CSA) will be deployed on flights over an hour and a half, to ensure toilets are cleaned every 45 minutes.

Pillows, blankets, mattresses, headphones and toys will be hygienically sealed before distributed. Meals will be served in pre-sterilized cutlery and crockery. Passengers must wear masks for the duration of their flight to Dubai.

Dubai Opens To Tourists

Dubai is all set to reopen borders for international tourists from 7 July. However, with things around us changing by the minute, travellers can expect some changes on their next trip to Dubai. Firstly, all tourists must download the Covid 19 DXB app and upload the required information. All those traveling must also have health insurance and fill out a health declaration form. Passengers must do a PCR test four days ahead of departure date. They must provide proof of the test and the report for testing negative upon arrival. In case they don’t, a re-test will be conducted upon arrival.

Upon arrival, all travellers must undergo thermal screenings at the airport. Besides, suspected cases will also be sent for a re-test. Covid-positive tourists must isolate themselves at an institutional facility provided by the government for 14 days at their own expense.

On that note, have you seen how Emirates plans to welcome tourists back to India?