Emirates, Air Arabia, Wizz Air AD open flights to…

Eudore R. Chand

UAE 15 September 2021: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s inaugural flight to Manama, Bahrain commenced last week departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and arriving in Bahrain International Airport (BAH). The new route will strengthen connectivity within the GCC by providing an alternative and ultra-low fare travel option for passengers between the two Gulf countries.

The first flight to Bahrain closely follows the recent announcement made by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee removing the need to quarantine for all vaccinated travellers arriving into Abu Dhabi from all international destinations, effective on Sunday, 5 September 2021. This welcome announcement indicates a positive outlook for the travel and tourism industry in Abu Dhabi.

Since launching at the start of the year, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has announced a wide range of exciting routes to and from the UAE capital. These include Athens, Alexandria, Bahrain, Belgrade, Odesa, Sarajevo, Tirana and a number of others (see full list of routes here), with demand expected to increase following the change in travel guidelines.

The flight to Bahrain International Airport (BIA) will operate three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Emirates announces start of scheduled daily A380 service to Istanbul

Emirates announced that it will introduce the first scheduled commercial Airbus A380 service to Istanbul, Turkey from 1st October. For the first time, travellers to and from Turkey will have the opportunity to regularly enjoy the experience of flying on this double-decker jumbo jet.

Emirates will operate the A380 on its daily EK123/124 service. Flight EK123 will depart Dubai at 10:45 and arrive in Istanbul at 14:25. The return flight EK124 will depart Istanbul at 16:25 and arrive in Dubai at 21:50. All times are local.

Deploying its three-class A380, Emirates will offer a total of 517 seats, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 mini pods with lie-flat seats in Business Class and 427 spacious seats in Economy Class, increasing capacity per flight by more than 150 passengers compared to the current Boeing 777-300ER.

Customers are encouraged to check the latest government travel restrictions in their country of origin and ensure they meet the travel requirements of their final destination.

Emirates to resume services to Saudi Arabia and St Petersburg

Emirates restarted services to Saudi Arabia from 11th September and will to St Petersburg from 8th October 2021.

The resumption of these services build on Emirates’ growing global footprint, the continued lifting of entry restrictions as well as demand recovery across the airline’s network.

From 8th October, flights between Dubai and St Petersburg will operate four times a week, and the airline will increase its services to daily flights from 21st October. All flights will operate on the Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration. Emirates flight EK 173 and 174 will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while EK 175 and 176 will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays.

EK 173 departs Dubai at 0910hrs, arriving at St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport at 1415hrs. EK 174 leaves St Petersburg at 1645hrs, arriving back in Dubai at 2345hrs local time. EK 175 takes off from Dubai at 1545hrs, arriving in St Petersburg at 2050hrs and EK176 leaves Pulkovo Airport at 2315hrs, landing in Dubai at 0615hrs the next day.

From Saturday, 11th September, Emirates will begin operating 24 weekly flights to Saudi Arabia, including daily flights to the capital Riyadh, daily A380 flights to Jeddah, daily flights to Dammam and three weekly flights to Medina. Flights to Riyadh will increase to double daily from 16th September, and plans are underway to boost frequencies across the other gateways by the end of September.

To Riyadh, Emirates will operate EK 2817 daily, departing Dubai at 1640hrs, landing in King Khalid International Airport at 1740hrs local time. EK 2818 leaves Riyadh at 2010hrs, arriving back in Dubai at 2320hrs.

To Jeddah, Emirates will operate EK 2803 daily, departing Dubai at 1600hrs, landing in King Abdulaziz International Airport at 1800hrs local time. EK 2804 leaves Jeddah at 2000hrs, arriving back in Dubai at 0100hrs the next day.

To Dammam, Emirates will operate EK 2821 daily, leaving Dubai at 2050hrs, arriving at King Fahd International Airport at 2120hrs. EK 2822 leaves Dammam at 2245hrs, arriving back in Dubai at 0100hrs the next day.

To Medina, Emirates will operate EK 2809 three times weekly. The flight departs from Dubai at 1630hrs, arriving at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport at 1800hrs. EK 2810 leaves Medina at 2000hrs, arriving back in Dubai at 2340hrs.

Air Arabia resumes direct flights to KSA

Air Arabia has announced the resumption of direct flights between Sharjah and each of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, starting 14th September 2021.

All passengers traveling to the kingdom are required to download “Tawakkalna” mobile application before departure and upload their vaccination status. Passengers are also urged to check the travel update at Air Arabia’s website before departure.

Air Arabia has also launched a new service to Entebbe in Uganda with direct flights from Sharjah starting on 10th October, 2021.

The airline has also introduced free Covid-19 insurance coverage, which is automatically included as part of the booking and no additional documents are required from passengers.

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