Airlines are slowly starting to add routes back as governments have been reopening borders and quarantines are being lifted. Dubai-based Emirates, for its part, has started progressively resuming flights to 10 additional cities.
On June 20, the airline resumed flights to Colombo, Sri Lanka, while on June 24, it will resume flights to Sialkot in Pakistan. On June 25, Emirates will resume flights to Istanbul, while on July 1, the airline will resume flights to Auckland, Beirut, Brussels, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Finally, on July 15, Emirates will resume flights to Washington DC and Barcelona.
While Emirates wants to get things back to normal as soon as possible, flights from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam will only fly passengers to the UAE and their onward destinations.
There is more good news. Not only is Emirates adding back new routes, but the airline is also increasing frequency on select existing routes. In July, it will increase frequency to cities all over the world including New York (JFK), Hong Kong, Madrid, Paris, London Heathrow, Singapore and others.
Although the frequency of these flights will not be close to what they were before the pandemic, travelers will at least have more options to connect to other flights. Emirates used to fly to 161 destinations all over the world. However, even with the partial resumption of service, the airline is only offering service to 40 cities around the world.
While some travelers may still be fearful of flying, Emirates is taking an array of measures to ensure the safety of passengers and its crew. The airline is distributing travel hygiene kits which contain hand sanitizer, gloves, masks and antibacterial wipes at no additional charge.