With countries putting tight travel restrictions in place in order to combat the spread of coronavirus, many citizens have been left stranded away from home, and that includes UAE citizens.
However, Emirates Airline has started to bring back Emiratis who have been stuck in foreign countries due to the global pandemic.
Today an inbound Emirates flight brought back 42 passenger, some of which were families, from London Heathrow to Dubai. According to Emirates 24|7, those passengers had been in the UK for both education and medical reasons.
The airline confirmed last week it would begin bringing UAE citizens home “for free on all flights”. To those who are stuck abroad currently, UAE nationals should contact the closest UAE embassy or consulate in order for them to assist.
With the start of limited passenger services from Dubai next week, Emirates will bring UAE nationals home for free on all flights. UAE nationals currently stranded overseas can contact their closest UAE embassy for assistance. Emirates stands with the UAE. pic.twitter.com/EDz9EyfUhV
— Emirates Airline (@emirates) April 3, 2020
Last week, the airline received approval from UAE authorities to resume a limited number of passenger flights.
A handful of flights were recommenced on Monday, April 6 for foreigners looking to get home who may have been stranded due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Destinations include London Heathrow, Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt and Brussels. There will be four flights a week to London and three weekly flights to the other cities.
As of April 7, there has been 2,076 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE – 167 of those have recovered, and there has been 11 fatalities.
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