As UAE moves off UK’s red list, Emirates will restore Heathrow flights to pre-pandemic levels

Aug 12, 2021

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The latest update to the U.K.’s travel lists and the easing of travel restrictions has opened the door for Emirates to expand flight service between Dubai and the U.K.

The additions come as Emirates sees increased demand after the United Arab Emirates was moved from the U.K.’s red list to amber, the airline said in a statement.

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Come October, Emirates will have 73 weekly flights to the U.K. That number includes six daily flights out of Heathrow (LHR) to Dubai International (DXB), which is the same number of flights Emirates was operating on the route before the pandemic.

However, the airline has not yet resumed service to other London airports such as Gatwick (LGW) and Stansted (STN).

Related: All the countries on the UK’s travel amber list

The increased schedule the carrier announced also includes twice-daily A380 flights to Manchester (MAN), as well as 10 weekly services to Birmingham (BHX) and daily flights to Glasgow (GLA).

Even though the UAE is not typically a popular holiday destination due to the extreme summer heat, Emirates is betting U.K. travellers will resume long-haul travel and connect through Dubai, avoiding the possibility of having to quarantine upon their return to the U.K.

In addition to the UAE, Qatar, India and Bahrain were also moved from the red list to the amber list. The amber list requires testing but not quarantine for vaccinated travellers.

Related: What kind of COVID-19 test do I need to travel and how much does it cost?

Emirates is taking advantage of easing travel restrictions in Dubai for a dozen countries — including the U.K. — and increased demand for leisure and business travel to restore capacity across its network to pre-pandemic levels. The airline is restoring service to 29 cities it serves, as well as ramping up the number of flights it offers to American cities such as New York, Boston, Houston and San Francisco.

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