Emirates plans to cut UK flights by about one-third from pre-coronavirus levels, its forward schedules reveal.
The route-analysis website Airlineroute is reporting that Emirates will restart its winter season 2020-21 flights on October 1, with significant cuts to services.
Flights to the UK
Emirates was operating 11 daily flights between the London area and Dubai before the pandemic. It was operating with six Airbus A380 jets from Heathrow, three flights from Gatwick, and two departures from Stansted.
The airline will continue its three routes but it has suspended the Gatwick and Stansted flights.
From 1 October, Gatwick will be cut to a single daily Airbus A380 service, while Stansted will have a Boeing 777, the other Emirates aircraft type.
Links from Heathrow are set to increase to five per day. However, it will be operating 8 flights to London instead of 11 daily flights. The departures are cut by 27 percent.
Moreover, flights to Manchester will reduce from three to two, with the Airbus A380 operating. Glasgow will also lose one of its daily flights, with the Superjumbo deployed on the single surviving service.
Flights to Australia
However, the airline will be reducing many onward connections, or, in some cases, it will be eliminating them completely. Such as Adelaide in South Australia.
From Dubai, there will be two daily flights to Sydney, not three as Emirates was operating previously. Whereas, Johannesburg reduces from four to three and Bangkok from five to four.
For British travelers, the re-establishment of services is irrelevant, since UK visitors can not visit in many countries.
However, Qatar Airways will be resuming services from Edinburgh to Doha on 29 July. It will be operating three weekly services using a Boeing 787. It will fly from Heathrow three times daily, and operate two daily links from Manchester from 1 August.
Meanwhile, British Airways is resuming services from Gatwick to Montego Bay in December. For many years, only Virgin Atlantic flew the route to the main Jamaican holiday airport.
Dubai Reopens for Tourists
Dubai is now open to tourists, though the Foreign Office warns against travel to the UAE.
As Emirates has started flying its A380, Dubai the base of Emirates has reopened for visitors since July 7. The country is reopening with strict conditions for visitors. With it’s boring 777 Emirates has resumed its services to some of its destinations around the world from this month.
All arrivals to Dubai will have to show a medical certificate confirming they tested negative for coronavirus in the four days prior. However, the travelers will have to take a coronavirus test on arriving in Dubai.