Emirates has seen UK passenger bookings to Dubai more than double since the announcement of a new UK-UAE travel corridor as travellers seek escapes to sun-soaked beaches this winter.
With further consumer confidence returning following the recent vaccine news, the airline has also seen booking increases of more than 50% week-on-week for Cape Town, Durban and Bangkok, with the Maldives seeing greater demand too.
In response to the uptick in demand, Emirates will introduce 15 additional weekly flights to the UK – bringing the total number of weekly flights to 52 in December. Emirates’ popular A380 aircraft will fly four times a day to London Heathrow, whilst services to Manchester will increase to 10 flights per week – of which six will be served by an Emirates A380. Emirates will also increase operations to Birmingham and Glasgow by introducing a daily service to both cities.
Under the air travel corridor between UK and UAE, travellers entering the UK from the UAE will no longer be required to quarantine for 14 days upon return, highlighting the UAE’s rigorous and effective pandemic response. UK travellers heading to Dubai can opt to do their required COVID-19 PCR tests 96 hours in advance of their flight, or to do the test on arrival in Dubai, adding to the ease of travel.
Emirates customers can now plan their travels and fly with even greater assurance and peace of mind, with the airline’s latest industry-first initiative to provide expanded, multi-risk travel cover on top of its current COVID-19 cover. Provided by Emirates at no additional cost to its customers, and provided by AIG Travel, this cover is the first of its kind in the airline and travel insurance industry. Beginning on 1 December, highlights of the coverage include:
- Out-of-Country Emergency Medical Expenses & Emergency Medical Evacuation up to US$500,000, valid for COVID-19 (contracted during the trip) and other medical emergencies while traveling abroad.
- Trip Cancellation up to US$7,500 for non-refundable costs if the traveller or a relative (as defined in the policy) is unable to travel because they are diagnosed with COVID-19 before the scheduled trip departure date, or for other named reasons – similar to other comprehensive travel cover products.
- Provisions for personal accidents during travel, winter sports cover, loss of personal belongings, and trip disruptions due to unexpected air space closure, travel recommendations or advisories. More information can be found here.