British isles bans direct flights from UAE, shutting world’s busiest worldwide route

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Britain is banning immediate passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates from Friday, shutting down the world’s busiest intercontinental airline route from Dubai to London.

a group of people standing in a room: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London

Outbreak of the coronavirus ailment (COVID-19), in London

Britain mentioned it was including the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda to its coronavirus journey ban record mainly because of problems above the unfold of a a lot more contagious and possibly vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variant very first recognized in South Africa.

“This implies people today who have been in or transited via these countries will be denied entry, other than British, Irish and 3rd country nationals with home legal rights who ought to self-isolate for 10 times at household,” U.K. Transportation Minister Grant Shapps mentioned on Twitter on Thursday.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a parking lot: FILE PHOTO: Emirates planes are seen on the tarmac in a general view of Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

FILE Photograph: Emirates planes are seen on the tarmac in a common look at of Dubai Intercontinental Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

On its web site, Emirates mentioned it would suspend all U.K. passenger flights from 1300 GMT, when the ban normally takes outcome. Etihad Airways explained it would only suspend flights to Britain, with individuals from the U.K. remaining unaffected.


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In a assertion, Dubai airport encouraged all those booked on flights thanks to arrive in Britain immediately after the ban not to go to the airport and as a substitute speak to their airline.

Britain’s transportation section suggested nationals now in the UAE to use indirect industrial routes to fly back to Britain.

Border closures caused by COVID-19 built Dubai to London the world’s busiest intercontinental route in January, with 190,365 scheduled seats above the month, airline information company OAG mentioned.

Emirates and Etihad usually carry substantial figures of travellers connecting from Britain to places like Australia through their airport hubs, indicating the conclusion to terminate these flights will have significantly-reaching implications.

The Australian govt said it will increase much more constitution flights from Britain if necessary as a consequence of the Emirates and Etihad cancellations.

Eran Ben-Avraham, an Australian stranded in Britain thanks to stringent limitations on the range of arrivals in Australia, stated his solutions for acquiring home were being frequently shrinking.

“At the instant it is only giving us a few selections of flying Qatar, ANA or Singapore Airlines,” he explained to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “Just about every day it is producing it a lot more hard to get residence. The flights back are any where from like 4,000 pounds ($5,487).”

(This tale corrects paragraph 1 to present ban covers flights “from” United Arab Emirates not “to and from”, fixes grammar in paragraph 4)

(Reporting by William James in London and Jamie Freed in Sydney further reporting by Melanie Burton in Melbourne, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai Editing by William Schomberg, Karishma Singh and Jane Wardell)

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