Britain is banning direct passenger flights to and from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Friday, shutting down the world’s busiest international airline route from Dubai to London, reported Al Jazeera.
Britain authority said it was adding the UAE, Burundi and Rwanda to its coronavirus travel ban list because of worries over the spread of a more contagious and potentially vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa.
Worldwide, the pandemic has killed more than two million people and infected nearly 101 million, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.
The UAE airline says:
As directed by the UK government, Emirates will be suspending passenger services between Dubai and all our UK points – Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester, – effective 1300hrs GMT on 29 January 2021 until further notice.
Our last flights to the UK on 29 January are:
EK 07 from Dubai to London Heathrow
EK 01 from Dubai to London Heathrow
EK 39 from Dubai to Birmingham
EK 27 from Dubai to Glasgow
Our last flights from the UK on 29 January are:
EK 08 to Dubai from London Heathrow
EK 02 to Dubai from London Heathrow
EK 40 to Dubai from Birmingham
EK 28 to Dubai from Glasgow
We regret the inconvenience caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking.
Travellers seeking to enter the UK should refer to the UK government website for the latest information on entry requirements and isolation / quarantine arrangements on arrival.