The senior vice-president, commercial operations, Africa of the Emirates Airline, Badr Abbas, has said that the Dubai State Carrier, will resume 100 percent operations to over 150 destinations by summer 2021.
Travel was disrupted by widespread lockdowns as countries closed their borders in response to the novel coronavirus to control the spread of the deadly virus.
According to Mr Abbas, Emirates airlines resumed operation in July and is currently serving 70 percent of its network, "We are currently serving 70 percent of our network destination", he said.
Sounding very confident, he intimated that, "We will be serving 100 percent of our destination by summer next year".
Mr Abbas is confident the national carrier, will move to serve over 150 destinations across the five continents.
The relaxation of rules by the Dubai authorities helped the airline to bounce back to business. Dubai was one of the first to open its borders after the worldwide lockdown in March this year.
The government put in place precautionary measures to ensure safety of tourists, who will be visiting Dubai.
Some of the measures include, clear and coordinated guidelines for the restart of the tourism sector, support of stakeholders, citywide sanitation measures among others.
Emirates airlines on its part, has put in protocols to ensure the highest standards of health and safety for its customers and crew at every travel touch point.
Mr Abbas said "All crew wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) throughout the flight, these include face masks, gloves, gowns, etc." adding "diffusers and chloroform are used to keep the air in the flights clean and pure"
Passengers onboard the aircraft are also provided with a Travel Hygiene Kit, which contains facemasks, gloves, hand sanitizers, wipes etc.
Mr Abbas, made these disclosures when he interacted with some selected Ghanaian journalists and social media influencers, at the Emirates Headquarters in Dubai, last Wednesday, December 17, 2020.
The visit was to afford the Ghanaian journalists and social media influencers the opportunity to appreciate the operations of the airline and measures put in place to ensure the safety of customers and the crew in light of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Commenting on the African route, he disclosed that Emirates currently covers 21 cities, with Algeria being the exception, since authorities in that country are yet to open their borders.
He said "We currently doing three flights to 21 African cities, we were doing daily flights before the covid-19 pandemic", adding "Algeria is the only country that still has its borders closed, we are hoping authorities in that country will soon open the borders".
Impact Of Covid-19 On Operations
Speaking on the impact the pandemic has had on the airline, Mr Abbas, disclosed that there was a reduction in revenue generation, which resulted in large operating losses.
The airline temporarily suspended operations in March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and this is largely the reason for the revenue drop of 75percent to $3.2 billion dollars as passenger traffic fell by over 90percent to 1.5million.
The loss means, this is the first time in more than thirty years, the airline has suffered such a huge loss.
Mr Abbas, said Emirates Airline was, however, delighted to announce that Cargo operations, even though the carrier suspended passenger flights, still remain unchanged from March, 2020, with the airline, serving its 130 dedicated cargo destinations.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said, global passenger traffic will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024., but Emirates airline is hopeful of returning back to profitability by summer next year, when it resumes full operations.
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