UK bans direct flights from UAE
Britain is banning direct passenger flights to and from the UAE from Friday, shutting down the world’s busiest international airline route from Dubai to London. UK said it was adding the United Arab Emirates, 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.
Emirates and Etihad Airways said on their websites they would suspend all UK passenger flights from 1300 GMT on Friday when the ban takes effect. Dubai airport said in a statement, advised passengers booked on flights due to arrive in the UK after the ban comes into effect to not to go to the airport and instead contact the airline.
Due to border closures caused by COVID-19, Dubai to London was the world’s busiest international route in January with 190,365 scheduled seats over the month. The Australian government said it will add more charter flights from Britain if needed as a result of the Emirates and Etihad cancellations.