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Coronavirus: Dubai’s Emirates plans air bridges to Europe for quarantine-free travel

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Dubai’s Emirates airline plans to open “air bridges” with countries in Europe, allowing travelers to visit countries across the continent without quarantine as governments and health authorities

Dubai’s Emirates airline plans to open “air bridges” with countries in Europe, allowing travelers to visit countries across the continent without quarantine as governments and health authorities gradually ease coronavirus lockdown measures.

“Building air bridges between cities is very important and it’s currently useful. With agreements on certain measures, it could be done between cities to allow citizens and residents of the two countries to enter and exit without being quarantined. We have started talks with some countries and some cities in Europe to operate some of these flights with certain agreements,” said Adel Al Redha, COO of Emirates in an interview with Al Arabiya on Tuesday.

Air bridges have been discussed in other countries, with the UK indicating earlier on Tuesday that it too would announce bridges for holidaymakers to travel overseas without entering self-isolation when they return, UK media reported.

Emirates is currently flying to 30 destinations around the world, but Al Redha indicated that this number would likely rise in July.

“Beginning of July we will operate to new destinations after getting the relevant approvals from countries,” he said.

Last Thursday, Emirates said it would be adding Cairo, Egypt, to its list of destinations, following an announcement on the previous Tuesday that the airline would be adding flights to Kabul, Afghanistan from June 25.

In addition to Kabul, Emirates has previously announced flights to Bahrain, London Heathrow, Manchester, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Chicago, Toronto, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth and Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Manila, the statement read.

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Travelers from Pakistan are also able to book flights from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

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Source: News https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2020/06/16/Coronavirus-Dubai-s-Emirates-says-to-open-air-bridges-with-countries-in-Europe.html

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