Emirates Airline on Friday announced the commencement of scheduled flight services to nine destinations effective from May 21.

The nine schedule destinations are: London, Chicago, Paris, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, Milan, Madrid and Frankfurt.

The airline said that in its efforts to ensure that its cabins it has initiated a are clean and sanitary, it has embarked on stringent safety programme.

Speaking through its Chief Operating Officer, COO, Adel Al Redha, it said, “We are working closely with the authorities to plan the resumption of operations to additional destinations.

“We have implemented additional measures at the airport in coordination with the relevant authorities in respect to social distancing and sanitization. The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and communities, remain our top priority.”

Preparatory to the scheduled resume flight operations, the Gulf airline has been conducting pre-flight rapid COVID-19 testing for passengers.

It was also gathered that the airline will offer modified in-flight services for reasons of health and safety; adding that magazines and print reading material will not be available; while cabin baggage has to be checked-in, and customers can only bring essential items, such as laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items on board.

Meanwhile, Emirates has already enhanced precautionary measures at the Dubai International airport, where customers and employees will have their temperatures checked via thermal scanners.

In addition, protective barriers have also been installed at check-in counters to provide additional safety during interaction, while it has become mandatory that all your employees and customers use hand gloves and masks at the airport.

Additionally, Emirates’ cabin crew, boarding agents and ground staff, who have direct interaction with travellers will wear personal protective equipment, including a protective disposable gown and safety visor.

The airline added that social distancing protocols will also be implemented.

At the Dubai airport, physical indicators would be placed on the ground and at waiting areas to ensure travellers maintain a safe distance.

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