Emirates resumes flights from Pakistan; adds Kabul as new destination

By: News Desk      Published: 05:40 PM, 9 Jun, 2020
Emirates resumes flights from Pakistan; adds Kabul as new destination

Emirates Tuesday resumed its flight operations from Pakistan, operating flights from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to Dubai.

The first scheduled flight from Islamabad will take off on Thursday. The resumption comes after over two months of travel restrictions imposed globally due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Emirates is operating 14 weekly flights to Dubai, including seven from Karachi, five from Lahore and two from Islamabad using its modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The UAE airline is offering flights from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad for travellers from Pakistan who wish to connect onwards to other Emirates destinations. Travellers flying between Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas, can connect safely and efficiently through Dubai.

The airline is currently flying from Karachi daily, from Islamabad on Thursdays and Saturdays and from Lahore on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Moreover, Emirates has received approvals to carry passengers on flights to Kabul in Afghanistan, starting from June 25, taking to 30 the total number of destinations currently offered to travellers.

More flights for passengers will be available from June 15 between Dubai and 16 cities: Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth and Brisbane.

These will bring Emirates’ offering flights for passengers, as well as its scheduled cargo operations, from Dubai to 30 cities, including existing flights to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, Manila (from 11 June) and Kabul (from 25 June).

Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes to all customers.

Social distancing measures will be applied and baggage will be disinfected at all three airports. The boarding sequence has been staggered in Economy Class and passengers will board by row, from the last row to the first, in small numbers.

All cabin crew onboard will also be fully kitted out in PPEs and they will hand out hygiene travel kits that contain masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and a sanitiser to every passenger.

Comfort items such as mattresses, pillows, blankets and headphones will be hygienically sealed by the airline and hot meals will be served with high-quality cutlery and crockery, sterilised before each use. Cabin service assistants will also ensure toilets are cleaned at frequent intervals of every 45 minutes. Toilets are equipped with sanitising soap and handwashing instructions.

Customers transiting through Dubai International Airport and boarding another Emirates flight will go through thermal screening after disembarkation. Transfer desks at the airport will also have protective barriers and for extra assistance, airport staff dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE), will direct customers from a safe distance.