Dubai and Abu Dhabi have been cleared to resume their role as the main points of transit between Europe and Asia after the UAE government lifted restrictions on connecting passengers.
Super-connectors Emirates and Etihad have announced new long-haul flights linking the East and West via Dubai International and Abu Dhabi International airports.
Emirates will launch passenger flights to 16 more cities on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from 15 June.
Etihad meanwhile is launching new transfer services linking 20 cities in Europe, Asia and Australia via Abu Dhabi from 10 June.
Although domestic flights have begun to resume globally, relatively few long-haul and connection services have begun operating up until now. The easing of restrictions on transit passengers in the UAE marks a very early milestone in the recovery of the airline market.
Emirates’ additional flights will operate to Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth and Brisbane. In addition, from 8 June Emirates will offer flights from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad for travellers from Pakistan who wish to connect onwards to other Emirates destinations.
Emirates will be offering flights for passengers on the back of its scheduled cargo operations from Dubai to 29 cities, including existing flights to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne and Manila.
Etihad recently launched links from Melbourne and Sydney to London Heathrow, allowing direct transfer connections to and from the UK capital via Abu Dhabi.
Transfer connections via Abu Dhabi will now be available from Jakarta, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo to major cities across Europe including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London Heathrow, Madrid, Milan, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Zurich.