Emirates has announced it will return to Brisbane and Perth and increase services to Sydney and Melbourne from 15 June following the UAE’s announcement that it will lift transit restrictions.
Emirates has also unveiled regular scheduled services to 14 other cities worldwide, including:
- New York JFK;
- Kuala Lumpur;
- Taipei; and
- Hong Kong.
These services add to scheduled cargo operations the airline has maintained throughout the crisis, from its hub in Dubai.
With this latest announcement, Emirates will be offering flights for passengers on the back of its scheduled cargo operations from Dubai to 29 cities, including existing flights to London Heathrow, Sydney, Melbourne, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto and Manila (from 11 June).
From 8 June, Emirates will also offer flights from various Pakistani cities for those wishing to connect to other destinations in this network.
The moves come as numerous airlines – particularly the major Middle Eastern players – have announced plans to phase in additional routes and services.
Qatar Airways, which has maintained high levels of service throughout the crisis, announced early last month plans to operate 80 routes by the end of July.
Dr. Al Dhaheri: #UAEGov has decided to resume transit fights by national carrier airlines, Etihad, Emirates, Fly Dubai and Air Arabia via Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah airports.The decision to resume transit flights comes after comprehensive assessment of Covid-19 situation.
— UAEGov (@uaegov) June 3, 2020
Likewise, Etihad Airways released a statement 19 May, stating the company would soon roll out services to a number of European destinations, and would look to increase frequency of a recently-launched Melbourne-London link.