Low-cost carrier Flydubai yesterday operated one of the few flights authorised in the UAE. The Dubai airline was tasked with returning British nationals stranded in the UAE back to London.
The British ambassador to the UAE Patrick Moody explained: “We have checked with Flydubai. The flight today 28 March has permission to depart, is open to British citizens and has seats available including on connecting flight to Heathrow. If you need to leave the #UAE urgently, please book with the airline now.”
The flight yesterday was joined by a similar repatriation effort in Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, returning hundreds of German nationals back home.
The UAE government announced last week that it had opted to ground all passenger flights until early April in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19