13 international airlines resume flights as Dubai reopens for tourists

More tourists arrive at Dubai airport today. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
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Dubai Airports resumed scheduled operations of 13 international airlines at Dubai International Airport (DXB) after it started welcoming back tourists as coronavirus restrictions in the Gulf tourism hub are eased, the emirate’s media office reported on Thursday.

The foreign airlines resuming operations at DXB are Air Blue, Air France, Cebu Pacific, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Gulf Air, KLM, Lufthansa, Mahan Air, Middle East Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Royal Jordanian.

The Dubai Media Office (DMO) said that more airlines are “expected to join later,” adding that Dubai-based airlines Emirates and flydubai “have boosted their schedules.”

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Dubai said on June 21 that it will allow its residents and citizens to begin travelling to international destinations starting from June 23, and that there will be no restrictions on overseas destinations, provided that the country of destination “agrees to receive them.”

It also added that it will welcome back international tourists through its airports from July 7.

UAE had suspended all passenger and transit flights to and from the country on March 23 as part of the efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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