Emirates Resumes Limited Scheduled Passenger Flights May 21, 2020

Emirates and Etihad ended all of their passenger services in March when the United Arab Emirates decided to close the country’s airports for two weeks (read more here).

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Emirates restarted passenger services to five destinations in April (read more here), but those flights were only available for passengers departing Dubai (planes flew back only with cargo). The airline is now restarting services to nine destinations allowing passengers both ways and transiting in Dubai.

You can access Emirates here.

Here are the nine destinations that the airline plans to serve between May 21 – June 30, 2020, allowing passengers both ways and transits in Dubai:

  • Chicago
  • Frankfurt
  • London Heathrow
  • Madrid
  • Melbourne
  • Milan
  • Paris
  • Sydney
  • Toronto

Note that entry restrictions are still in place for those wishing to stay in UAE, including Covid-19 testings, mandatory quarantine, and check before release.


These flights are now available for sale on Emirates website and other channels. Passengers are required to check the entry requirements, such as only citizens/residents and possible quarantine upon arrival.

These are, at the moment, most useful for dual citizens or those wishing to return to their place of residence.

Qatar Airways has continued to serve several destinations via its hub in Doha that never was closed for transits. At the same time, other airlines such as Singapore, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Etihad temporarily suspended most of their operations beyond repatriation flights.