Emirates has announced plans for further flights to “facilitate residents and visitors wishing to return home”.
The services will operate to Tunis, Jakarta, Manila, Algiers, Taipei, Chicago, and Kabul, adding to recently launched rescue flights to London, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich.
Exact details of the flights were not included in a release issued by the Gulf carrier, but all of the routes will operate from Dubai International airport T3, and Emirates confirmed that “only citizens of the destination country and those who meet the entry requirements will be allowed to board”.
Note that the airline will not be providing online check-in, seat selection, chauffeur drive, lounge access or inflight reading material for any of the flights.
There will be an inflight food and beverage service, but this will be modified “to reduce contact during meal service and the risk of infection”.
In addition there will be no cabin luggage allowance, although passengers will be allowed to carry on a “laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items”. The normal cabin baggage allowance will be added to the customer’s checked luggage allowance.
Travellers should arrive at Dubai airport three hours before departure, and are required to wear their own masks when at the airport and on board the aircraft.
The new flights follow Etihad’s announcement yesterday (April 13) of additional rescue services to Brussels, Dublin, London, Tokyo and Zurich.