Emirates resumes services to Pakistan

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

01st Jul, 2020. 10:45 pm

Emirates Airline has resumed its services to Pakistan after temporary suspension as passengers from Pakistan tested positive for Covid-19 while traveling.

However, it has been decided that people traveling from Pakistan to Dubai on Emirates flights should be carrying a Covid-19 negative report from an approved laboratory issued 96 hours before the flight.

An Emirates spokesperson said,

“Following the receipt of relevant government approvals, Emirates has resumed passenger services to Pakistan. Customers can travel to and from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad if they meet the requirements of their destination.” 

He further added,

“The health and safety of our crew, customers and communities remains our top priority. Emirates has put in place a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey on the ground and in the air to minimise the risk of infection spread.”

On June 20, about 26 passengers tested positive for Covid-19 on an Emirates flight to Hong Kong. Such passengers had flown via Dubai from Pakistan and then boarded the second flight to Hong Kong from the Emirates.

Passengers must carry negative Covid-19 test results from Chughtai Labs, which has presence in most major Pakistani cities. Nevertheless, children under the age of 12 are exempted from the PCR check as long as they fly with their parents with negative test results.

“If you’re flying into Dubai, we’ll give you a hygiene kit on board containing a mask, gloves, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial wipes. We’re taking every precaution to mitigate the contact in the cabin, including closing our social areas. We’re following all the guidance from the health and aviation authorities along with our additional safety measures to reduce the risk of infection on board,” said the airline.

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