The pandemic has taken a toll on both travelers and travel providers alike. Whilst travelers are confined to their homes, unable to jet off to the destinations they’ve dreamt about for months, airlines too have been forced to ground several of their aircraft, with flights cancelled and route frequencies slashed due to the lack of tourists.
However, in amongst the deluge of negative travel news, sometimes positive stories can be found. Emirates has contributed one of them, announcing this week that their flights to Orlando were to resume in June – a sign that things are getting better. Here’s more about the announcement.
Emirates Resumes Orlando Travel – Information For Travelers
At present, Emirates operates more than 60 weekly flights to and from several different cities – including Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Newark – and it can easily connect travelers with other cities in the US due to its codeshares with JetBlue and Alaska.
However, from June 2nd, the airline is set to welcome another city to its collection of US destinations – Orlando. Emirates has scheduled flights to and from Orlando four times weekly; a plane will depart Dubai at 08:55, arriving in Orlando at 16:30, whilst the return leg will leave Orlando at 21:00 and arrive in Dubai at 19:10 the following day.
The announcement of the resumption of this route shows confidence that the demand for the route is returning once more, and that this summer might just see travel return to its highest figures since the pandemic first spread to the US.
Synonymous with a smooth, luxurious flying experience, Emirates has won countless awards over the past few years, including best airline on several occasions. However, despite being a market leader, it has still suffered greatly at the hands of the pandemic.
Emirates Through The Pandemic – What Travelers Should Know
As is to be expected with a drastically reduced volume of flights, it has been a tough year for the UAE’s flag carrier from a financial perspective. Analysis at the half-way point of the 2020-2021 fiscal year revealed revenue was down 75%. Whilst the airline was once flying to 161 destinations in 85 different countries prior to the pandemic, it was revealed this week that they are now only flying to 90 destinations, with just 610 flights leaving from Dubai per week.
However, the airline hasn’t exactly stood still despite its financials woes – it has been moving forward in an attempt to win back the confidence and support of its customers. Emirates was chosen alongside Etihad Airways to trial the travel pass app from IATA. It was expected to implement the first phase of testing from April 1st, in a trial that would allow passengers to share their Covid-19 test results with the airline prior to arriving at the airport, which will then load the customer’s details onto check-in system. The airline also took to offering free stays in hotels for passengers transiting through Dubai.
Emirates has also taken other steps to ensure customers feel safe when flying with them. Every Emirates crew currently flying has been vaccinated, whilst they have also added social distancing stickers on the floors around check-in desks and fitted the desks with protective antimicrobial screens. Passengers are also handed complimentary hygiene kits that contain gloves, a face mask, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer.
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