The UK banned all arrivals from the UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) last week and started to require a written proof to leave the country for professional reasons (vacation doesn’t qualify as one).
Emirates and British Airways both stopped flying between the two countries when his rule went into effect. Now, Emirates has decided to continue to fly FROM Manchester and London to Dubai and beyond, transporting passengers eligible to leave the country.
London – Dubai
Emirates continues to offer the service on a three-class aircraft daily.
Manchester – Dubai
The service from Manchester is four times a week on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Here’s the update from the Emirates:
Update on Emirates’ flights to UK
Last updated: 1 February 2021, 09:12 Dubai (GMT+4)
As directed by the UK government, Emirates will be suspending passenger services between Dubai and all our UK points – Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester, effective 1300hrs GMT on 29 January 2021 until further notice.
We regret the inconvenience caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking.
Travellers seeking to enter the UK should refer to the UK government website for the latest information on entry requirements and isolation / quarantine arrangements on arrival.
From 2 February 2021, we will operate passenger flights to Dubai from London Heathrow and Manchester. Customers seeking to leave the UK on these services should ensure that they are authorised to travel under the latest UK government rules, and meet the travel requirements of their final destination.
Here’s the original ban announced from the UK:
And when Emirates cut all the flights:
I would assume that these flights to London and Manchester fly empty the leg Dubai – London/Manchester carrying only cargo.
There is still a need to provide connectivity for passengers who need to leave the UK, including non-nationals and residents who wish to return to their homes.