This afternoon, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates airline and Group took to Twitter to announce that Dubai-based carrier Emirates has received approval from the UAE authorities to start flying a limited number of passenger flights.

From April 6, 2020, these flights will initially carry travellers outbound from the UAE. Further details of this will be announced soon.

He says, “Over time, Emirates looks forward to the gradual resumption of passenger services in line with the lifting of travel and operational restrictions, including assurance of health measures to safeguard our people and customers. Their safety and well-being will always be our top priority.”

From March 25, 2020, Emirates temporarily suspended all passenger services, as per the UAE government’s advisory. However, the airline continued to operate cargo flights.