Emirates allowed to operate special flights to Saudi amid ban

Published: 11 March 2020 - 5 a.m.

Emirates has been authorised to operate a select number of flights to Saudi Arabia after the Kingdom placed a ban on all services coming from the UAE amid the spread of Covid-19.

Under a special dispensation from authorities in Saudi Arabia, Emirates will operate selected flights to Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam from 12 to 15 March.

But only Saudi nationals will be allowed to travel on the flights.

The special services are designed to allow travellers whose journeys were disrupted by the recent travel restrictions implemented by the Kingdom to return to Saudi Arabia via Dubai.

Other nationals holding permits for the G20 Summit will be allowed to travel to Riyadh only.

The return Emirates flights from these three Saudi airports will only be open to non-Saudi nationals.

Earlier this week, Etihad, Emirates, flydubai and Air Arabia suspended all flights between the UAE and Saudi Arabia following instructions from the kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA).

Saudi’s GACA issued a directive suspending flights from multiple countries, including the UAE.

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