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Emirates has announced plans to boost flights to 14 of the cities it currently serves and it has confirmed the dates on which it plants to recommence services to 10 destinations it dropped when the current crisis took hold. It won’t be all plain sailing, however, as some of the planned destinations are currently closed to overseas visitors, but Emirates has a plan for this.
Emirates Plans To Boost Capacity To 14 Cities
Emirates has confirmed that it will be adding more flights to its routes between Dubai and the following 14 cities in July:
- Hong Kong
- Kuala Lumpur
- London (LHR)
- New York (JFK)
It’s interesting to see Emirate ramping up services to destinations like Singapore whose borders are closed to non-residents who don’t have special dispensation to visit and to destinations like Hong Kong and the UK where all visitors currently have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. To make any additional flights to these destinations viable, it’s logical to assume that Emirates will need some of these restrictions lifted so I wonder what the airline knows that the rest of us don’t?
Emirates To Restart Services To 10 Destinations
Emirates has announced the resumption of services to the following ten destinations from the dates indicated:
- Auckland (from 1 July)
- Barcelona (15 July)
- Beirut (from 1 July)
- Brussels (from 1 July)
- Colombo (from 20 June)
- Hanoi (from 1 July)
- Ho Chi Minh City (from 1 July)
- Istanbul (from 25 June)
- Sialkot (24 June)
- Washington DC (from 15 July)
Due to the restrictions currently in place, Emirates’ flights from Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Pakistan will only carry outbound passengers to the UAE and onward destinations. Passengers wishing to fly to these countries will have to wait until the restrictions are softened or lifted entirely.
Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer has said the following:
“Thanks to the UAE authorities’ support and partnership, Emirates has been able to provide smooth and safe journeys for those who need to travel, and we look forward [to] adding flights to more destinations in the coming weeks. The UAE government’s recent announcement to ease travel for UAE citizens and residents show the thorough approach that our country is taking with regards to resuming economic activities, and as we gradually return to regular services, Emirates’ number one priority will always be the health and safety of our customers, our crew and our communities.”
The addition of Washington DC back to the Emirates route network means that the carrier now serves a total of three cities in the United States (the others being Chicago and New York). That’s a nice start but we’re still a long way off the network offered back at the beginning of the year.
Emirates is the latest airline to confirm that it’s ramping up its services in the next few weeks (Qatar Airways said yesterday that it is hoping to have up to 75% of its network back up and running in the next 8 weeks) but we’re only just starting to see the aviation industry taking the first tentative steps on the route to recovery. We’re a long way from normality right now and as great as it is to hear of more services coming back, the reality is that reduced networks will be with us for a long time to come.