Emirate airline
Emirates Airline

  • Emirates Airline will resume flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town on 1 October, and Durban on 4 October. 
  • The airline will also resume flights to Harare and Mauritius, expanding its global network to 92 destinations. 
  • In Africa, the airline has expanded to 19 cities.  
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Emirates Airline announced on Friday that it will resume travel to Joburg, Cape Town, Durban, Harare and Mauritius after suspending all passenger flights for almost six months. 

Flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Harare will resume on 1 October, while those that are Durban-bound will resumes on 4 October. Mauritius fights will resume on 3 October. Flights scheduled for South Africa are expected to be available later this week.

The gradual resumption follows a six-month long suspension of the service since March in efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

“Customers flying in and out of Emirates’ three South African gateways can safely connect to Dubai and to an array of onwards connections to Europe, the Far East, Middle East, West Asia and Australasia,” said the airline.

This comes as the airline gradually resumes operations globally, having now expanded its global network to 92 destinations.  In Africa, the network will also extend to 19 cities as most countries open up their boarders for international travel. 

Two flights to Harare will operate weekly and will be linked to the airline’s Lusaka service, connecting Zambia and Zimbabwe to destinations across Europe, the Americas, Australia, the far East and West Asia. This will include a stop in Dubai.

Initial flights to Mauritius from Dubai will only operate on Saturdays in line with the Mauritian government’s plans to bring citizens home in its repatriation efforts.

This is also to restore the country’s tourism industry by “enabling the recovery of the country’s tourism industry by safely connecting leisure travellers from Europe, the Far East and the Middle East to the popular Indian Ocean island destination,” said Emirates.

In response to Covid-19, the airline has also committed to fully covering Covid-19 related medical expenses if customers are diagnosed with Covid-19 during their travel away from home, with the cover being available for customers immediately, until 31 December, 2020.

“This means Emirates customers can continue to benefit from the added assurance of this cover, even if they travel onwards to another city after arriving at their Emirates destination,” Emirates said.

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