Emirates resumes flights to nine cities, sets new safety regulations

by Abdulmumeen S. Yitta

The Dubai-based Emirates airlines has resumed regular passenger flights to nine international destinations in eight countries as new safety measures have been put in place for travelers.

The flight which began operations on May 21, 2020 would go to London, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne.

In a tweet on its Twitter handle, the airline said, “Emirates sets an industry-leading hygiene and safety standard for customers and employees at every step of the travel journey.”

Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ chief operating office said that the airline would continue to consult with medical experts to ensure that safety measures are updated as situation changes.

“We are working with all the stakeholders in Dubai – including the airport, immigration, health and aviation authorities to implement such measures, and we will continue to review and consultant expert advice for any development and changes,” said Al Redha.

“We are all aware that we have to adapt to different practices during this pandemic in our day to day activities,” he added.

As parts of the safety measures in place, passengers would be provided with free hygiene kit such as face masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer upon check-in.

While it is compulsory for passengers to abide by social distancing rules at the check-ins, immigration and waiting areas, they must also wear gloves and masks on all Emirate’s flights. Similarly, passengers would have to board the airplane from the back and proceed to the front.

In its desperate attempt to ensure high-level safety assurance for passengers and employees, the airline has also installed thermal temperature scanning and protective barriers which all passengers including those transiting at the airport would undergo for screening as soon as they disembark.

In case travelers would have to fill out health declaration forms commonly required at some destinations, the airline has made it a requirement for passengers to have their own personal pens with them.
There would also be additional cabin assistant who would be on the plane to regularly sanitize lavatories every 45 minutes for flights with more than 90-minute flight time.

According to the airline, Mattresses, pillows, blankets, headphones, toys, cutlery and crockery would be properly sterilized and sealed, and a single-use menu would be served to passengers.

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