Source: Dubai – Reuters

Two well-informed sources said that Emirates Airlines intends to resume its operations in phases starting from May 1, after passenger flights were suspended in March.

The UAE suspended passenger flights for two weeks until April 8th to tackle the spread of the Corona virus, but some carriers operate flights to foreigners.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Emirates Airlines Board of Directors, said yesterday, Thursday, that the airline will gradually resume flights with the lifting of restrictions on travel and related operations, without going into more details.

The sources said that Emirates Airlines, one of the largest airlines in the world that operates long flights, is developing a scenario that would enable it to resume operations in stages starting from May 1, but indicated that this may change.

The airline has yet to respond to an email request for comment.

And governments around the world impose severe travel restrictions, including preventing the departure of their citizens and the entry of foreigners, which has contributed to the effective cessation of international travel due to the pandemic.

It is unclear when these restrictions will be eased.

Emirates Airlines had said yesterday that it had obtained government approval to resume some flights abroad, as of April 6 for foreigners inside the Emirates who wish to return to their country.

She said the first flights will be to London, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich.

Etihad Airways, owned by the Abu Dhabi government, said it would resume its regular services from April 5 to Seoul, then to Melbourne, Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta and Amsterdam.

The Emirates General Authority of Civil Aviation said that certain flights obtain permission to foreigners to leave the country, but the suspension based on regular passenger services, such as charter flights, is still in effect, according to the official Emirates News Agency.

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