Details of special upcoming Emirates, Etihad flights

By Eudore R.Chand

UAE 1 May 2020: Both Etihad Airways and Emirates have announced new flights to carry back expats who want to leave the UAE and/or return home.

Emirates is set to operate limited passenger services to:

  • Frankfurt (02, 04, 06, 09, 11, 13 May)
  • London Heathrow (03, 05, 07, 10, 12, 14 May)
  • Manila (3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16 May)
  • Sao Paulo (3 May), and
  • Shanghai (2 May)

The one-way special flights will facilitate travel for residents and visitors wishing to return home.

Those who wish to travel to Shanghai must contact the embassy or consulate of the People’s Republic of China in the UAE. For all other flights, passengers can book directly on or via their travel agent.

Only citizens of the destination countries, and those who meet the entry requirements of the destination will be allowed to board. Customers will be required to follow all health and safety measures required by the UAE authorities and the country of destination.

Similar to other repatriation flights that Emirates has operated thus far, for health and safety reasons, the airline will offer a modified inflight service that reduces contact, and the risk of infection. Magazines and print reading material will not be available. Meals on-board will be served in hygienic prepacked meal boxes, offering customers sandwiches, beverages, snacks, and desserts. A selection of hot snacks will also be served on long-haul flights.

Emirates’ Lounge and Chauffeur Drive services will be temporarily unavailable during this period and in-flight Wi-Fi service is available for purchase only. On board Emirates’ flights, seats are pre-allocated where possible with vacant seats placed between individual passengers or family groups in observance of physical distancing protocols. More information is available on

Cabin baggage will not be accepted on these flights. Carry-on items allowed in the cabin will be limited to laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items. All other items have to be checked in, and Emirates will add the cabin baggage allowance to customers’ check-in baggage allowance.

Passengers are required to apply social distancing guidelines during their journey and wear their own masks when at the airport and on board the aircraft. Travellers should arrive at Dubai International airport Terminal 3 for check-in, three hours before departure. Emirates’ check-in counters will only process passengers holding confirmed bookings to the above destinations.

All Emirates aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Dubai, after each journey.

Etihad adds more repatriation flights

Throughout May, Etihad Airways will increase frequencies on recently announced special flights from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul Incheon, Singapore, Tokyo Narita, Zurich, and will also add flights to Dublin and New York JFK.

Travellers wishing to book these flights are advised to visit to review their options, and to remain informed on the appropriate entry regulations at their end destination. Flights are also available for booking through the mobile app, by calling the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 600 555 666 (UAE), or through a local or online travel agency. UAE nationals wishing to return back to the UAE should contact their local UAE embassy or consulate.

Etihad continues to follow all UAE and international government and regulatory authority directives, and has implemented an extensive sanitisation and customer wellbeing programme, to boost its already stringent procedures, and to ensure the highest standards of hygiene at every touch point of the guest journey, including social distancing in-flight.

The airline has also revised its meal service to ensure it upholds international Covid-19 health and hygiene requirements, while continuing to offer a high-quality inflight dining experience.

Schedule of special flights (subject to change)

  • Amsterdam: 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 May
  • Barcelona: 30 April and 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31 May
  • Brussels: 1, 3, 8,10,15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 May
  • Dublin: 1 May
  • Frankfurt: 10, 17, 24, 31 May
  • Jakarta: 30 April and 7,14, 21, 28 May
  • Kuala Lumpur: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May
  • London Heathrow: 30 April and 2, 6, 9,13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 May
  • Manila: 30 April and 1, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29 May
  • Melbourne: 1, 5, 8, 12,15, 19, 22, 26, 29 May
  • New York JFK: 4 May
  • Seoul Incheon: 30 April and 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30 May
  • Singapore: 5, 12, 19, 26 May
  • Tokyo Narita: 18, 21, 25, 28 May
  • Zurich: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 May



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