Emirates, Etihad charter special flights to Russia

Published: 22 March 2020 - 5 a.m.

Emirates and Etihad will operate a number of special chartered flights between the UAE and Russia to aid the repatriation of citizens from both countries.

Regular air services between the UAE and Russia are currently suspended because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

To assist the return of travellers whose journeys were disrupted, Emirates will operate selected charter flights to Moscow and St Petersburg between 20 March and 29 March.

Only Russian nationals will be allowed to travel on these special flights from Dubai and the return Emirates flights will only be open to non-Russian nationals.

Etihad Airways meanwhile has secured approval from the Russian Civil Aviation Authority to operate five special charter flights between Abu Dhabi and Moscow between 21 March and 25 March.

The flights will aid in the repatriation of Russian and UAE citizens, as well as other nationals transiting through Abu Dhabi, to their home countries.

Etihad’s overnight flights will be operated by Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A321 aircraft.

Only Russian citizens will be permitted to fly on the Abu Dhabi-Moscow sector, while non-Russian passengers of any nationality will be allowed to fly via Abu Dhabi from Moscow, provided there are connecting flights available, and no travel restrictions in place which impede entry to their end destinations.

Only UAE citizens will be permitted to enter the UAE at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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