Emirates is to operate limited passenger flights to select destinations namely Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Sao Paulo, Manila and Shanghai.

Emirates said in a statement, “The one-way special flights will facilitate travel for residents and visitors wishing to return home.”

However, the airline also said that those who wish to travel to Shanghai must contact the embassy or consulate of the People’s Republic of China in the UAE. For all other flights, passengers can book directly on emirates.com

Emirates scheduled flights for May:

Shanghai: May 2

Frankfurt: May 2, 4, 06, 9, 11, 13

Sao Paulo: May 3

London Heathrow: May 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14

Manila: May 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16

“Only citizens of the destination countries and those who meet the entry requirements of the destination will be allowed to board. Customers will be required to follow all health and safety measures required by the UAE authorities and the country of destination,” said Emirates.

The Dubai-based carrier has already introduced social distancing on its flights, with seats pre-allocated so that vacant seats are placed between individual passengers or family groups.

The airline also issued detailed safety procedures for travellers onboard.