Uk bans direct flights from UAE, shutting world’s busiest global route

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Britain is banning immediate passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates from Friday, shutting down the world’s busiest worldwide airline route from Dubai to London.

Britain mentioned it was adding the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda to its coronavirus travel ban checklist due to the fact of problems over the unfold of a much more contagious and likely vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variant to start with recognized in South Africa.

“This means folks who have been in or transited via these nations will be denied entry, apart from British, Irish and 3rd place nationals with home rights who have to self-isolate for 10 times at household,” U.K. Transport Minister Grant Shapps explained on Twitter on Thursday.

On its web-site, Emirates mentioned it would suspend all U.K. passenger flights from 1300 GMT, when the ban normally takes outcome. Etihad Airways explained it would only suspend flights to Britain, with those people from the U.K. remaining unaffected.

In a assertion, Dubai airport advised people booked on flights because of to get there in Britain immediately after the ban not to go to the airport and rather call their airline.

Britain’s transport department advised nationals now in the UAE to use oblique business routes to fly back to Britain.

Border closures brought about by COVID-19 created Dubai to London the world’s busiest worldwide route in January, with 190,365 scheduled seats in excess of the thirty day period, airline information service provider OAG claimed.

Emirates and Etihad commonly have huge quantities of travellers connecting from Britain to locations like Australia as a result of their airport hubs, meaning the decision to cancel individuals flights will have considerably-reaching implications.

The Australian federal government claimed it will add more constitution flights from Britain if required as a final result of the Emirates and Etihad cancellations.

Eran Ben-Avraham, an Australian stranded in Britain thanks to stringent limits on the selection of arrivals in Australia, reported his alternatives for receiving house were constantly shrinking.

“At the instant it is only providing us three options of traveling Qatar, ANA or Singapore Airways,” he explained to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “Every working day it is generating it additional tough to get dwelling. The flights back are wherever from like 4,000 lbs ($5,487).”

(This story corrects paragraph 1 to display ban covers flights “from” United Arab Emirates not “to and from”, fixes grammar in paragraph 4)

Reporting by William James in London and Jamie Freed in Sydney extra reporting by Melanie Burton in Melbourne, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai Editing by William Schomberg, Karishma Singh and Jane Wardell