Great news for travelers worldwide, as both Emirates and Etihad, restart transit flights through Dubai and Abu Dhabi. After nearly two months of lockdown, UAE uplifts its travel restrictions. Along with UAE, many countries worldwide are easing their travel restrictions. In UAE, while foreign citizens are still banned from entering the nation allowing only with a UAE residency permit to enter, it is now allowing select Emirates and Etihad passenger airlines to stop for transit or refueling of the aircraft. UAE VIP transit has always been a choice for passengers because of the amenities at Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi Airport.
While travel and aviation are returning to normal, the coronavirus is still amongst us; thus, it is important for passengers to protect themselves. In addition to social distancing at the airport, and wearing a mask, travelers can opt for Airport services from airssist to ensure a quick and smooth airport journey where they don’t have to stand in long queues.
Flights by Emirates
The Dubai-based airline, Emirates, announced that it would resume 29 flights and transit flights through Dubai Airport. airssist has been assisting travelers worldwide through this pandemic to travel safely through airports by having a fast and hassle-free journey. You can book Meet and Greet and VIP Terminal for your flights with Emirates.
Currently, Emirates is offering transit flights to-
- John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
- Islamabad International Airport (ISB)
- Quaid-E-Azam International Airport (KHI)
- Alama Iqbal International Airport (LHE)
- Brisbane Airport (BNE)
- Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)
- Perth Airport (PER)
- Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
- Vienna International Airport (VIE)
- Copenhagen Airport (CPH)
- Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG)
- Rhein-Main International Airport (FRA)
- Dublin Airport (DUB)
- Malpensa Airport (MXP)
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
- Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
- Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH)
- London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
- Manchester International Airport (MAN)
- Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
- Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK)
- Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
- Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
- Incheon International Airport (ICN)
- Changi Airport (SIN)
- Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
- Bahrain International Airport (BAH)
The airlines will add flights from Dubai from 15th June to 16 more destinations- Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth, and Brisbane.
Transit Flights by Etihad
Etihad too has resumed transit flights to 20 cities in Europe via Abu Dhabi. The airlines have removed any modification fees for flights booked before 30th June 2020, for travel to any city until 30th November 2020. Travelers traveling from Etihad can only carry 5 kg hand luggage, which has to be a handbag, backpack, or laptop bag.
Travelers should also note that airport lounges at Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi Airport for Emirates and Etihad are currently closed due to the coronavirus.
Transit Flights Airport Safety and Airline Measures
Emirates will be providing hygiene kits to all its travelers to reduce the risk of catching an infection. The complimentary kit provided at the check-in counter will include masks, hand sanitizers, antibacterial wipes, and gloves.
At Dubai Airport, protective barriers are placed at check-in counters. Transit passengers will have to go through thermal screening upon disembarkation.
At Abu Dhabi Airport, all travelers must wear masks and gloves at all times. People without a ticket cannot enter the airport terminal building. Travelers also have to go through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.
Etihad has employed Wellness Ambassadors who can be reached at Abu Dhabi Airport, and you can talk to them online during your flight. These Wellness Ambassadors will answer all your queries and offer you advice to stay protected.
Airport Meet and Greet During COVID-19
While transit flights airport safety is very important, travelers should take the necessary precautions. This includes adding airport Meet and Greet during corona pandemic to ensure that you do not have to stand in long airport queues with other passengers.
For transit flights airport safety, travelers also have the option of UAE VIP transit at both Dubai Airport and Abu Dhabi airport, where travelers will get extra attention at VIP terminals, away from the crowd of the main airport terminal.