Airline Emirates will resume flights from the UK despite a widespread Government travel ban.
Flights will begin today and the move is designed mainly to cater for passengers returning to Dubai. It will fly daily from Heathrow and four services per week from Manchester.
In a statement, the airline said: “Emirates will re-instate outbound passenger operations from the UK, from February 2, 2021. Emirates is reinstating outbound flights from the UK to Dubai primarily to help return passengers, particularly UAE residents, to get home. Passenger services inbound to the UK remain suspended as per government directives.
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“Passengers traveling from the UK should ensure they are permitted to travel as per latest the UK government advisory, and check the local entry requirements of their destination.
“Emirates remains committed to serving our customers in the UK, and continues to work closely with all relevant authorities in this regard. The health and safety of our customers, colleagues and the communities we serve, will always be our top priority.”
Services from Birmingham and Glasgow will be cargo-only.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced last week that the UAE had been added to the UK’s ‘red list’ of countries subject to a travel ban.
Leisure trips to Dubai and other similar resorts are covered by the ban, but various reality TV stars and social media influencers continue to enjoy sunshine breaks in spite of widespread criticism.
Love Island stars and other celebrities are still holidaying in the resort during the ongoing health crisis.