| 24 May 2024, Friday |

Dubai’s Emirates to resume flights to Saudi Arabia after COVID-19 ban lifted

Dubai carrier Emirates Airline will be resuming flights to Saudi Arabia starting from September 11, following the Kingdom’s announcement that it would lift Covid-19 travel restrictions on the UAE.

“From Saturday, 11 September, Emirates will begin operating 24 weekly flights to Saudi Arabia, including daily flights to the capital Riyadh, daily A380 flights to Jeddah, daily flights to Dammam and three weekly flights to Medina,” Emirates said.

“Flights to Riyadh will increase to double daily from 16 September, and plans are underway to boost frequencies across the other gateways by the end of September,” the airline added on its website.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced it will begin allowing the resumption of flights between the Kingdom and the UAE, Argentine, and South Africa from September 8 after a ban was imposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

Based on continuous monitoring of the epidemiological situation locally and globally, the Ministry of Interior decided to lift the travel restrictions on land and sea borders, as well as airports.

Saudi Arabia had suspended travel to and from the UAE on July 3 for Saudi citizens after the neighboring Gulf country recorded hundreds of cases of the contagious delta variant.

Emirates’ flights to St. Petersburg will also resume on September 11, the airline said.

  • alarabiya