Emirates plans to operate three flights from Dubai to Manila next week on April 20, 22 and 24 to help Filipino citizens return home.

The airline said only citizens of the Philippines and those who meet the entry requirements of the destination will be allowed to book the three new flights. Passengers will also be required to comply with all requirements of the destination country.

The airline added that it will offer a modified inflight service that reduces contact, and the risk of infection, similar to the service on other repatriation flights the carrier has operated so far.

Passengers on these flights “will be required to apply social distancing guidelines” during their journey and wear their own masks when at the airport and during the flight.  Emirates said on its website that travellers should arrive at Dubai International airport’s Terminal 3 for check-in, three hours before departure. Emirates’ check-in counters will only process passengers holding confirmed bookings, said the airline.

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has reached out to the airline for more details on the social distancing guidelines and the schedule for the three flights to Manila.

The carrier said these new flights follow the two flights to Manila that were carried out this week which brought Filipino residents and visitors home.

Emirates begun conducting on-site Covid-19 tests for passengers earlier this week. Passengers on a flight to Tunisia were all tested for Covid-19 before departing from Dubai.

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