UAE citizens and residents currently stranded abroad with a valid residence visa can now return to the country from 17 cities across Europe, Asia, Australia, the United States, and Canada.
Etihad Airways operates two-way passenger flights from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and Toronto.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline has been operating scheduled flights since May 9 and will continue operations until May 30.
UAE residents and citizens can book flights to and from Chicago, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Paris, Sydney and Toronto between May 21 and June 30.
In addition to Emirates airlines, Lufthansa also announced scheduled flights to 106 destinations starting in June. It plans to resume the Frankfurt-Dubai flight from June 7.
All these flights are subject to government approval and the removal of restrictions on international travel.
Sources said that domestic airlines are unsure of the resumption of scheduled flights to the Indian subcontinent due to travel restrictions on international travel in India, Pakistan and other countries of the region for foreign airlines. However, airlines hope the situation will improve in the next month or so to resume flights on a smaller scale to the subcontinent.
Local airlines have said that residents returning to the United Arab Emirates must obtain a valid residence visa as well as the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship number in order to accept travel to the United Arab Emirates.
The ICA number can be obtained through the Twajudi service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation via email. The number must be presented to Emirates Airlines at the time of booking for domestic flights.
On Sunday, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways announced two additional flights, allowing residents and Emirati citizens to book flights to and from the Emirates.
The airline will operate a one-time service from Abu Dhabi to Toronto, depart at 10 am on May 21 and return the next day as it will operate a one-time service to Belgrade.
The flight will leave at 8:30 AM on May 21 and return from Belgrade to Abu Dhabi at 14.05 on May 21.
Passengers with the appropriate approval, powered by Boeing 787-9, can book both ways on both routes.