United kingdom bans direct flights from UAE, shutting world’s busiest international route

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

Britain stated it was adding the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda to its coronavirus travel ban record simply because of anxieties over the distribute of a far more contagious and most likely vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variant very first discovered in South Africa.

“This signifies individuals who have been in or transited by means of these countries will be denied entry, apart from British, Irish and third place nationals with home legal rights who need to self-isolate for ten days at household,” U.K. Transportation Minister Grant Shapps reported on Twitter on Thursday.

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

In a assertion, Dubai airport encouraged individuals booked on flights owing to get there in Britain right after the ban not to go to the airport and alternatively make contact with their airline.

Britain’s transportation section advised nationals now in the UAE to use oblique industrial routes to fly back again to Britain.

Border closures prompted by COVID-19 built Dubai to London the world’s busiest worldwide route in January, with 190,365 scheduled seats more than the month, airline details provider OAG claimed.

Emirates and Etihad commonly carry large quantities of passengers connecting from Britain to places like Australia via their airport hubs, this means the final decision to cancel all those flights will have considerably-reaching implications.

The Australian authorities reported it will insert additional constitution flights from Britain if needed as a consequence of the Emirates and Etihad cancellations.

Eran Ben-Avraham, an Australian stranded in Britain owing to rigorous limits on the range of arrivals in Australia, explained his selections for receiving household ended up continuously shrinking.

“At the moment it is only offering us three solutions of traveling Qatar, ANA or Singapore Airways,” he explained to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “Every working day it is making it far more challenging to get property. The flights back are everywhere from like 4,000 lbs . ($5,487).”

(This tale corrects paragraph 1 to display ban handles 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 Modifying by William Schomberg, Karishma Singh and Jane Wardell