Emirates is going to resume flights to Australia after implementation of strict protocols for Covid-19 testing and quarantine requirements for foreign aircrews.
The airline will be resuming Flights to Sydney from January 25, Melbourne from January 27 and Brisbane from January 28.
In a statement, the carrier said flights would now resume to
Emirates is one of the few airlines still flying to Australia, with strictly limited numbers of permitted arrivals as the coronavirus pandemic rages overseas.
The United Arab Emirates carrier blamed “the dynamic restrictions and requirements implemented by the different state authorities” for its decision last Friday to immediately suspend all flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Emirates is one of the few airlines still flying to Australia under the strict limits on the number of arrivals allowed in while the coronavirus pandemic rages abroad.
Crews and pilots made up 4808 of the 13,089 who entered Australia in the final two weeks of August.
“The pandemic has made international flying incredibly challenging and the dynamic restrictions and requirements implemented by the different state authorities in Australia had added complexity and burden to our operations,” a spokesperson said.
Emirates cabin crew and pilots were already being tested for COVID-19 at least 48 hours prior to leaving Dubai, but the system will be strengthened so that staff have a test administered in their home. They will be required to remain at home in self-isolation until their flight.
Nearly 40,000 Australians are still stuck overseas nearly a year after the pandemic began, 4800 of whom are classed as “vulnerable”.
Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and Japan Airlines also offer flights to Australia for people in Europe. However, reducing the cap has already resulted in some cancellations and delays as more people are booked than states allow.