May 1, 2021 Boeing 777, based at Sydney International Airport, Sydney, Australia.
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Emirates is preparing to embark on a summer trip over the next two weekends, despite growing concern over the delta coronavirus variant, which causes more than a third of infectious diseases across the United Arab Emirates.
The Emirates expects to travel on more than 1,600 flights in the coming days by taking off and landing at Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport (DHB).
“The busiest days for the airline will be the next two weekends – July 2-3 and July 9-10, although high passenger traffic is expected to start today and continue until July 12,” the UAE said in a statement on Wednesday.
It is during this period that about 100,000 passengers arrive in Dubai on Emirati flights to start their summer vacation. The sharp rise in seasonal travel is due to warmer temperatures in the United Arab Emirates, where mercury rose to 40 degrees Celsius (104.0 ° F) in July.
Emirates, one of the two national flag carriers of the United Arab Emirates, plans to increase its flight capacity to 90 percent of the pandemic level by July. Dubai airports also reopened Terminal 1 and Concourse D on June 24 after a 15-month closure due to a pandemic.
“All Emirates and DXB hotspots are fully prepared to manage the growth of passenger traffic. There are measures and protocols aimed at enhancing security when customers move through Terminal 3,” the UAE said.
More than half a million people are expected to transit in the UAE in the coming days, according to Heathrow Airport, almost equal to London’s Heathrow Airport’s passenger traffic in May this year.
Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner displays Israeli and Emirati flags on the company’s first scheduled commercial flight from Abu Dhabi after landing at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, after arriving from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). . 6, 2021.
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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways also went on to expand its “approved flight” program on Wednesday. The program allows passengers to validate Covid-19 travel documents before arriving at the airport to improve processing time.
“We value these challenging times for travelers, and it has been an important initiative to simplify the travel of our guests as much as possible,” said John Wright, Etihad’s vice president of global airports and network operations.
The increase in pending summer trips is due to evidence that despite new warnings about the delta variant of the virus more permeable, leading to more hospitalization and reducing vaccine efficacy. The delta variant, first identified in India, accounts for 33.9% of cases in the UAE, according to the UAE Health Authority.
The UK variant has 11.3%, while the South African variant still has the highest infection rate at 39.2%. The United Arab Emirates has reported 1,747 new cases of the virus on Tuesday.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday moved to re-issue a Level 4 “don’t travel” warning for the UAE, citing concerns about the virus. The UAE is still on the UK’s “red list” of travel since the end of January.
Britons living in the United Arab Emirates have expressed confusion and anger over the decision, particularly the quarantine requirement for red-listed hotels.
Forty percent of the UAE’s nearly 10 million population is now fully vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University. The high level of local vaccination, new routes of flights and easing of restrictions on holiday destinations have given the locals and the public confidence and desire to travel once again, even when there are warnings about dangerous coronavirus options .
The emirates have vowed to take strict security measures for travelers. The airline was one of the first to launch the IATA Travel Pass globally, which will be delivered to all destinations across its network in the coming weeks. The UAE has also partnered with Al Hosn, the UAE’s Covid tracking program, to support the safe movement of passengers.
“Emirates customers can travel with confidence that the airline and its partners have spared no effort to make airport travel as safe and smooth as possible,” the airline said in a statement.