The UAE will allow transit flights to pass through its three international airports, as the country slowly begins to lift restriction measures and resume economic activities.
Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesperson of the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority, said comprehensive measures have been put in place to protect passengers and airline staff, be it in waiting halls or during their journey to the airport.
Permitted transit flights will be resumed at Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah international airports and will be operated by the country’s national carriers, Etihad, Emirates, flydubai and Air Arabia.
The carriers are due to announce flight schedules and the details surrounding the resumption of transit journeys, including safety procedures, in the coming days
Passenger flights to and from the country remain suspended. Only special repatriation flights for people who wish to return to their home country and select inbound flights for residents are currently being operated.
Mr Al Dhaheri stressed that the decision was made following comprehensive and in-depth safety studies conducted by experts from the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the General Civil Aviation Authority who have set out a framework that will be adhered to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
He said these measures met international safety standards and described the move as “a new positive step in the gradual restoration of normal life.”
It came as the UAE announced 571 new cases of coronavirus from more than 41,762 tests carried out across the country.
On Wednesday, officials said the infections brought the country’s total to 36,359, of which 16,936 are currently receiving treatment.
They said 427 people have recovered from the virus, raising the UAE’s recovery tally to 19,153.
The death toll rose to 270 after one person died of complications related to the acute respiratory illness.
Dr Amna Al Dhahak, spokeswoman for the country’s health sector urged the public to adhere to safety measures as the country begins to resume economic activity.
“It is the responsibility of the individual to adhere to precautionary measures to protect themselves and those around them,” she said.
“Restoring normal life depends on committing to precautionary measures … not adhering to them will lead to a dangerous outcome.”
Updated: June 3, 2020 10:03 PM