Leading Emirates airlines, Emirates and Etihad, announced on Thursday that they will connect 49 destinations across Asia, Europe and Australia in the next ten days as airlines increase flights and resume transport operations while loosening restrictions on air travel.
On Wednesday, the government of the United Arab Emirates decided to resume transit flights by national carriers, Etihad Airways, Emirates, flydubai and Air Arabia via the airports of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
Emirates will operate passenger flights to 29 destinations and Etihad Airways will travel to 20 destinations.
But the numbers are expected to rise dramatically in the coming weeks as Emirates Airlines plans to add 50 destinations this month, while budget airlines flydubai and Air Arabia can resume regular flights.
Emirates said on Thursday that it will provide passenger services to 16 other cities as of June 15 and will also resume transit flights, bringing the total number of its flights to 29. Flights will be launched to Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth and Brisbane from June 15.
In addition, it will add three Pakistani cities, Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, starting next week. Other destinations that operate are London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne and Manila.
"Customers can book to travel between destinations in the Asia Pacific region, Europe or the Americas, with a comfortable connection in Dubai, as long as they meet the travel and immigration requirements of the destination country," the Dubai-based company said.
Emirates is already offering connecting flights between the UK and Australia.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has announced it will connect 20 cities across Europe, Asia and Australia from June 10. London also recently connected Heathrow to the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney via Abu Dhabi.
Transport connections across Abu Dhabi will now be available from Jakarta, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo to major cities throughout Europe including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London Heathrow, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Charles de Gaulle and Zurich.
"The new transportation services will make it possible for travelers on the airline's current airline network to easily communicate across the UAE capital and beyond to major global destinations," she said.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO and President of Emirates Airlines and Chairman of flydubai, welcomed the decision to open airports for transit flights.
He said in a tweet on Wednesday that flydubai would soon announce the resumption of passenger flights to more cities with links to and through Dubai.
The airline currently operates only private return flights to about 11 destinations.
Sharjah-based Air Arabia did not respond to inquiries at the time of this report.