UAE: UAE has repatriated 37,469 people so far since the coronavirus outbreak ruined international transfers. A total of 54 airlines have operated so far to repatriate these many people.
Normal passenger flight operations still remain temporarily suspended at Dubai International and Dubi World Central. The efforts of the UAE government and airline partners are praiseworthy. Embassies, government authorities, aviation sectors all worked together to coordinate the repatriation.
The temporary suspension of flights at DXB and DWC was implemented on March 24. It was part of comprehensive measures initiated by the UAE government to combat the spread of COVID-19.
“Dubai’s aviation sector has always been renowned for its collaborative approach, but even this already high standard has been surpassed since the onset of COVID-19,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group.
“This has been the result of maintaining clear and open lines of communication, fuelling collaborative decision-making with real-time data and tirelessly pursuing our shared goal of getting our customers home safely and in good health as quickly as circumstances permit. We remain confident that Dubai’s aviation sector will emerge from this crisis as an even stronger and more resilient community that is ready to reconnect the world and retain its leading position globally,” he said.
The sector has collectively stepped up the frequency and intensity of sterilisation and deep cleaning programmes as well as implementing social distancing measures in the airport environment in full alignment with directives issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority and the Dubai Health Authority.
“We’d like to thank our passengers for their patience and understanding, and our service partners for their tremendous efforts and dedication,” added Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “We will continue to support the ongoing operation of repatriation and cargo flights and move forward with our planning and preparations for the resumption of scheduled services once it is deemed safe to do so.”