UAE airlines open 11 new destinations for residents

Eudore R. Chand

UAE 3 June 2021: Four UAE airlines have announced 11 new destinations worldwide including Rabat, Phuket, Naples and Chisnau in Moldova.

On the back of quarantine-free travel to Morocco, and back into the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways is restarting services to Rabat on 23rd June 2021.

As Phuket prepares to reopen to international vaccinated travellers, Etihad is recommencing services to the popular holiday destination on 1st July 2021.

To simplify the travel experience and provide additional peace of mind, Etihad recently launched Verified to Fly, allowing guests to validate their COVID-19 travel documents before arriving at the airport. Travellers who use Verified to Fly can enjoy fast track check-in at the airport by going to the dedicated Verified to Fly desk for a quicker and smoother experience.

To use the Verified to Fly service, guests can sign-up by visiting Manage my Booking and will receive further information on how to submit their documents.

Emirates restarts flights to Phuket

Emirates has announced it will resume four weekly services to the resort island of Phuket from 2nd July 2021, with the re-opening of the popular destination to international tourists.

The passengers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 will require no quarantine on arrival, according to the airline.

The Dubai-Phuket route will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration, offering premium services in First and Business Class as well as Economy Class.

Emirates flight EK378 will depart Dubai on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 03:00hrs, arriving at Phuket International Airport at 12:30hrs the same day. The return flight, EK379, will depart Phuket at 00:10hrs, on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, arriving in Dubai at 03:05hrs the same day (all times are local).

The four weekly services will provide customers convenience and choice to suit their holiday plans. The popular Thai destination remains a favourite amongst travellers from the Middle East, Europe and beyond. Emirates also resumed flights to Bangkok since September 2020, providing a daily service.

Flydubai resumes its operations to Italy

Flydubai has announced today the resumption of its operations to Naples in Italy. The three weekly flights to Naples International Airport (NAP) will commence on 1st July.

From 2nd June, a quarantine-free travel corridor has been established between Italy and the UAE enabling passengers to travel between the two countries with less restrictions. A negative Covid-19 test result will be required 48 hours before departure from the UAE. On arrival in Italy, all passengers over the age of two years will be required to take a rapid antigen test. The safe travel corridor with Italy is the latest in a series of agreements signed by the UAE including those with Bahrain, Greece and Serbia.

Flydubai will increase the frequency of flights to Naples to a four-weekly service from 1st August.

Flights to Bodrum and Trabzon in Turkey will start from 4th and 24th June respectively. The carrier will commence flights to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt from 15th June and to the Greek islands Santorini and Mykonos from 18th June. Flydubai will also restart its operations to Batumi in Georgia and Tivat in Montenegro from 25th June and both destinations offer UAE residents visa on arrival.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi launches new route to Chisinau

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s newest national airline, has announced the launch of its latest route to Chisinau, Moldova, starting on 4th September 2021.

The flight to Chisinau will be operated two times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Chisinau is the capital city and the major industrial centre of Moldova, situated along the Bâcu (Byk) River in the south-central part of the country.

Kees Van Schaick, Managing Director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, said, “We are happy to announce a new route from Abu Dhabi to Chisinau following the update of the green travel list which included Moldova. As restrictions ease, the travel demand is increasing and we are committed to providing additional travel opportunities to our customers by expanding our current network with new and exciting routes.”

With the recent update of the green list of countries, passengers travelling from Moldova do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UAE capital. Passengers will need to take a PCR test on arrival into the UAE, on the sixth day after arriving, and on day 12 for those staying for 12 days or more. Children 12 years of age and younger are exempted unless they show symptoms of coronavirus.

The airline has also introduced a new era of sanitised travel across its network, with enhanced hygiene measures to ensure the health and safety of passengers and crew.

With the launch of Chisinau, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has now on sale 25 destinations.


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