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Emirates resumes flights for Pakistan as aviation industry struggles to survive

Emirates has announced to resume its operations in Pakistan. This resumption comes after it had halted operations for 2 months.

Emirates has announced to resumed to its flight operations from Pakistan. It has resumed its operating flights from Karachi and Lahore to Dubai.

Its first scheduled flight from Islamabad will take off on Thursday.

It is being resumed after over two months of travel restrictions imposed globally due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Emirates operates 14 weekly flights to Dubai, including seven from Karachi, five from Lahore and two from Islamabad using its modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

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“We are extremely pleased to resume services successfully from Pakistan, and thank the authorities for the arrangements and their assistance. Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the traveller’s journey to ensure the health and safety of customers and employees at all touchpoints. Our customers travelling with us will find these measures reassuring and comforting,” Emirates Vice President Pakistan Mohammad Sarhan said.

Social distancing measures have been applied and baggage is disinfected at all three airports.

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Travellers will only be accepted on these flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of the UAE government.

Coronavirus hitting the aviation industry

Since the beginning of 2020, more and more countries across the globe shut down borders and limit domestic travel as a response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Thus, cancelling almost all flights to control the spread of the virus has affected the entire airline industry globally.

International seat capacity has dropped by almost 80% from a year ago and half the world’s airplanes are in storage, new data shows, suggesting the aviation industry may take years to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Data firm OAG said that several years of industry growth had been lost and that it could take until 2022 or 2023 before the volume of fliers returns to the levels that had been expected for 2020.

The airline cut between 70% and 75% of domestic flights in April and about 80% in May. For both months it cut nearly 90% of its international flights.