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Emirates ramps up summer flights

Emirates is up, up and away this summer.

Emirates will be ramping up its summer service from July, effectively connecting Singapore and Hong Kong with 122 international destinations via Dubai.

This represents almost 90% of the carrier’s pre-pandemic network and includes the restarting of services to more than half a dozen cities in the coming months.

Services will be resumed with seven cities, including Venice from July 1, Phuket, Nice, Orlando and Mexico City on July 2, Lyon on July 9 and Malta on July 14. Flights to Miami will take off on July 22. Its A380 network will expand to 129 weekly services on 30 aircraft servicing 15 cities.

Emirates’ boss His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum confirmed that Emirates is committed to keeping Dubai connected.

“We’re working hard to rebuild our network and secure access to more destinations in partnership with various authorities and stakeholders,” he said. “Many countries have begun to turn the page… We’re seeing strong signs of pent-up demand wherever restrictions have eased.”

Emirates will be increasing frequencies over the summer to European cities including Munich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Madrid, Stockholm, Brussels and Lisbon. The airline will also be flying to quarantine-free holiday destinations such as Greece, Spain, Italy, France and Malta, including airports in Athens, Barcelona, Madrid, Italy, Rome, Venice, Milan, Paris, Nice and Lyon.

As the United States reopens, Emirates will operate over 70 weekly flights linking Dubai with Boston, Seattle, Washington DC and Orlando. Services will also be ramped up between Milan and New York and Athens and Newark.

All passengers travelling to Dubai are required to hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Arrivals from selected destinations will be asked to test again on arrival. However, passengers who are transiting through Dubai (from countries including the UK and US as well as Singapore and Hong Kong) do not need a PCR test, unless it is required by their final destination. More information is available here.

Unlike many other international airports, Dubai is embracing paperless medical records, thanks to Emirates’ tie-up with Dubai Health Authority. Passengers can take advantage of contactless technology at nearly every stage of Dubai airport.

Emirates is working closely with international and local authorities to meet Covid-19 related travel demands. Passengers flying between Dubai and London, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, New York JFK, Moscow, Frankfurt, Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam can now use the IATA Travel Pass, which includes updated travel information such as where to find PCR testing labs, as well as managing travel documentation such as vaccination certificates and test results. Passengers on these flights will receive an SMS and email with an activation code and instructions on how to download the pass.

Emirates is eventually hoping to roll out the IATA Travel Pass across its entire network. The pass is available to both iOS and Android users and can also be used by customers with non-biometric passports. Check the Emirates Covid-19 travelhub for more information.

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