Coronavirus: Emirates announces limited flights to Chicago, Manila, Tunis, others
Emirates is planning to operate limited flights to Chicago, Manila, Kabul, Jakarta, Algiers, Tunis and Taipei, in addition to flights to London and Frankfurt, according to a statement.
The airline confirmed on Saturday that it would commence flights to several destinations following a suspension of all flights by UAE authorities on March 24 to contain the spread of the coronavirus, official known as COVID-19.
“These services will facilitate residents and visitors wishing to return home,” the statement read, but it did not say when the flights would take place.
As a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus, magazines and other print reading material will not be available on board, and online check in and seat selection has been suspended.
Cabin baggage has also been limited to a laptop, handbag, briefcase, and baby items. All other baggage must be checked in, the airline said.
“Passengers are required to apply social distancing guidelines during their journey and wear their own masks when at the airport and on board the aircraft … All Emirates aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Dubai, after each journey,” the statement concluded.
Earlier, the airline announced that passengers who booked a flight before May 31, 2020 for travel up to August 31, 2020 can extend the validity of their tickets for two years past the date of the original booking, according to a Tweet from the government of Dubai’s media office.
.@Emirates announces that passengers can extend the validity of their tickets up to 24 months from the date they have made their original bookings, for passengers who booked a ticket before May 31, 2020 for travel on or before August 31, 2020. pic.twitter.com/iXFMUlx7yS— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) April 13, 2020
Emirates customers had told Al Arabiya English that flights booked up to August were being moved by the airline without prior warning.
“While some Emirates services have been opened for booking, we are continuously reviewing the situation which remains dynamic in terms of travel and operational restrictions. Schedules are subject to change as we continue to monitor government restrictions on travel and border closures, passenger demand and international health advice,” an Emirates spokesperson told Al Arabiya English when approached for comment.