As passenger flights had been suspended due to the global health crisis, Emirates has announced its plan to operate scheduled flight services from May 21 to nine destinations including London Heathrow Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne along, with connections in Dubai for customers travelling between the UK and Australia.
"We are pleased to resume scheduled passenger services to these destinations, providing more options for customers to travel from the UAE to these cities, and also between the UK and Australia adding “The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and communities, remain our top priority," Emirates' Chief Operating Officer Adel Al Redha said .
With stringent health and safety measures to be implemented, customers and employees will have their temperatures checked via thermal scanners before being allowed to board the aircraft. Protective barriers will be installed at check-in counters to provide additional safety during interaction between staff and passengers.
Gloves and masks will also be mandatory for all customers and employees at the airport, along with proper social distancing protocols.
Safety programmes such as advanced HEPA air filters have been fitted within Emirates cabins. The filters removed 99.97% of viruses and eliminate dust, allergens and germs creating a healthier and cleaner on-board environment to help keep the aircraft sanitary.
In addition, Emirates will also continue to work closely with embassies and consulates to facilitate repatriation flights for visitors and residents wishing to return home.
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