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Emirates returns to Brisbane and Perth as UAE lifts restrictions

written by Sandy Milne | June 5, 2020

A file image of a Boeing 777-200LRF. (Wikimedia Commons/Maarten Visser)
An Emirates 777-200LRF. (Wikimedia Commons/Maarten Visser)

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:

  • Bahrain;
  • Manchester;
  • Zurich;
  • Vienna;
  • Amsterdam;
  • Copenhagen;
  • Dublin;
  • New York JFK;
  • Seoul;
  • Kuala Lumpur;
  • Singapore;
  • Jakarta;
  • 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.

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.


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Comments (6)

  • Red Cee


    I can’t see how all these airlines increasing services to Australia are going to make money, considering Australians in the main aren’t allowed to leave the country, and foreigners aren’t allowed in. Is it all hope on their part?

    • James


      What about all those people that must travel for work purposes?

      Maybe they also see that they need to be ready for when it opens up again. And I hope I opens soon.

  • Kamalakkannan


    wonder how these airlines are announcing their flights to Brisbane and Perth, while the travel restrictions for Australian nationals are still on?!!!

  • I totally agree with RED CEE, when we have this ”nobody in and nobody out” policy that has kept us nearly virus free.
    So who does EK and other airlines think will be flying with them, or do they simply not understand our very strong Australian quarantine and immigration policy at the moment.
    Keep them out I say!
    Yes, we need to return to some semblance of normality eventually, but not yet, this COVID 19 could come back and bite us on the bum!

  • Darren


    What parameters are the Australian Government requiring from Countries to pair with to get themselves out of total quarantine?
    How many months can the Australian tourism industry and airlines survive without business?
    How will Australians feel when there are faced with huge tariffs/taxes added to their hotels and flights to cover the COVID-19 bankruptcies and bailouts?

  • Tony


    How does this work?? Why are there still so many aircraft movements (besides cargo) with the current restrictions in place. Have a look at the rate of new COVID cases in the UAE just within the last few weeks. The average would have to be 600-700 a day. The Queensland government won’t even allow someone SW to enter the state. Doesn’t make sense.

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