Emirates outbound flights from Colombo from June 20 | Daily News


Emirates outbound flights from Colombo from June 20

Emirates has announced the launch of outward-bound passenger flights from Sri Lanka, starting Saturday 20 June 2020, to facilitate travel for foreign nationals as well as Sri Lankans who need to return to families, jobs or education overseas.

The airline currently operates passenger flights to 30 destinations with connectivity for cities between Asia, Europe and North America via its home base of Dubai, and expects to expand its reach as countries open up their airports to passenger flights.

From 20 June, Emirates will operate two outbound passenger plus cargo services with Boeing 777-300 aircraft every Saturday and Sunday from the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to Dubai International Airport (DXB). Passengers travelling to the UAE must meet the eligibility requirements specific to UAE residents, and for those transiting through, the entry requirements at their final destinations.

Every Friday and Saturday, Emirates’ cargo-only flight EK2528 will arrive in Colombo from Dubai, transporting essential imports into Sri Lanka. The return flight, EK2529 will depart Colombo every Saturday and Sunday at 01:00 hrs and arrive in Dubai at 03:45 hrs, all times local, with a combination of passengers and export cargo. Services in July are subject to government approval.

“This is welcome news indeed for our longstanding and loyal customers who have been waiting patiently for Emirates to resume services,” said Chandana De Silva, Emirates’ Area Manager Sri Lanka and Maldives.

“While scheduled inbound passenger flights remain suspended till the BIA resumes normal operations, these flights are an important first step in that direction. We have implemented enhanced hygiene and safety measures in the air and on the ground, in coordination with the relevant authorities. The safety and wellbeing of our customers, employees and communities remain our top priority.”

Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its passengers and employees on the ground and in the air. Aircraft boarding sequence has been staggered in Economy Class with passengers boarding by row, from the last row to the first, in small numbers.

All cabin crew on board are fully kitted out in PPEs. Crew hand out hygiene travel kits that contain masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and a sanitiser to every passenger.

Following the disruption of commercial aviation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emirates resumed cargo only flights to Sri Lanka as early as 11 May 2020, to support the efforts of the country’s exporters to keep their supply chains open.

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