Emirates CEO: UAE carriers to boost market position now Dubai is open

Dubai will open to tourists from 7 July as part of a new set of air travel protocols designed to boost the emirate’s travel sector
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HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Flydubai, Emirates

Emirates’ CEO, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, has hailed Dubai’s new set of air travel protocols unveiled yesterday, which he believes will help the UAE’s national carriers to reinforce their position in the global airline market.

Under the new directives revealed by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, residents and citizens can return to Dubai from tomorrow and visitors and tourists will be able to travel to the emirate from 7 July.

Airlines in the UAE, including Emirates and flydubai, suspended flights at the end of March as part of government efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19. Both carriers have recently begun to resume limited services.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed said the new protocols will strengthen the economy by boosting Dubai’s tourism and travel sector.

“The [new protocols] come at a time when the world is preparing to resume economic activities across sectors. Travel and tourism are among the key industries at the forefront of spurring global economic recovery.

“Our airports and national carriers are resuming larger scale operations by stringently implementing globally benchmarked precautionary and preventive measures that protect the health and safety of travellers.”

He added: “Our country has closely followed the directives of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), setting a global example in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of passengers and ensuring that flights operate smoothly.”

HH Sheikh Ahmed said that both of Dubai’s airlines have developed a set of protocols to protect passengers and both ground staff and aircrew.

Emirates recently announced resumption of flights to 10 additional cities, taking the total number of destinations to which, it currently operates flights to 40. 

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