The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday said it will not receive passengers coming from Pakistan as of June 29 until a special Covid-19 lab is set up to test them. The General Civil Aviation Authority said the decision also applies to transit flights originating from Pakistan. Major UAE airlines had already suspended flights from Pakistan since last week.
The Emirates airline has announced that it will be resuming flight operations in Pakistan, however, travelers will be required to produce a negative PCR test. The flight operations from Pakistan and seven other countries will be resumed from June 30th. The airline recently suspended its services after 26 people from a flight from Pakistan tested positive in Hong Kong.
Etihad Airways has announced its decision to suspend its flight operations from Pakistan, a day after passengers who had travelled to Hong Kong by Emirates positive for Covid-19. Flight operations of Etihad airways are expected to remain suspended till July 1. Two other airlines from UAE, Emirates and Fly Dubai, have already suspended flight operations for outbound passenger from Pakistan temporarily.
After 26 Pakistani passengers in an Emirates flight were found Coronavirus positive in Hong Kong, the UAE-based airline announced in a statement that it has suspended passenger services from Pakistan. The flight will be temporarily suspended from June 24. Emirates will keep on continuing its cargo and repatriation flights to Pakistan as per the announced schedule.
Emirates has announced to start scheduled flights from Sialkot on June 24, which will be the fourth destination from Pakistan after Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. The UAE’s flag carrier announced that its flights from Sialkot would only carry outbound passengers to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and onward destinations. In contrast, its returning flights from UAE will carry cargo.
Emirates has announced special fares across its global route network to inspire and encourage Pakistani travellers to explore new destinations and revisit their favourite cities. The special fares are available for booking till 18 November 2019, for travel between 12 November 2019 and 30 September 2020. According to Mohammad Sarhan, Emirates’ Vice President Pakistan, special fares represent savings of 15 percent for First Class, and 10 percent on Business and Economy Class fares across 150 countries including Dubai.