A health worker checks the body temperature of passengers bound for Frankfurt at Dubai International Airport on Monday. AFP
An Emirates aircraft takes off from Dubai International Airport on Monday. AFP
The flights are open to foreign citizens who wish to leave the UAE, but no incoming passengers are allowed. Foreign residents are banned from re-entering until at least mid-April.
Passengers bound for Frankfurt check-in at Dubai International Airport. AFP
Dubai's Emirates, the largest carrier in the Middle East, said it operated a flight to London late on Sunday and another to Frankfurt on Monday as part of its limited resumption.
It said in a statement that it plans to operate four flights a week to London and three weekly flights each to Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich.
Wearing face masks and other protective gear at Dubai International Airport on Monday, some 212 travellers to Frankfurt went through thermal screening before they boarded the aircraft.
Etihad said on its Twitter account that it resumed limited operation with a passenger flight to Seoul on Sunday.
The carrier said it will operate seven flights to Seoul, five to Singapore, six to Manila and two flights to Jakarta through April 21.
Last week Emirates said that cleaning and disinfection of the planes will take place after each flight.
The airline, which had aimed to partially resume passenger flights from May 1, said in a statement all scheduled services would remain grounded until May 16 at the earliest. Earlier in the day, it had said the suspension would last until May 15.
The CoDi BOT UGV will be piloted during the current month throughout Abu Dhabi International Airport, including in staff areas and cargo facilities, as well as being used as part of cabin desterilisation processes on passenger aircraft.
The aviation industry has been among the worst hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, which has dented travel demand and forced major airlines to lay off staff and seek government bailouts.
"This provision of aid by the UAE comes as a gesture of solidarity with countries seeking to bolster their fight against COVID-19. The UAE stands with the leadership and people of Ukraine during this challenging moment that the international community must face as a united front," said Salem Ahmed Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to Ukraine.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has also declared Aug.12 an official paid holiday for all private sector employees in the UAE to celebrate the Islamic New Year (Hijri Year 1443).
International airlines have started accepting flight bookings to Dubai from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda after UAE authorities eased travel restrictions.
The authorities said the decision is effective from Aug.5.
The UAE authorities have allowed stranded residents to return to UAE, the Dubai Airport officials and Emirates said that General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA) approval mandatory for all passengers returning to the Emirate.
The authority indicated that multi-entry tourist visa is available to all nationalities, and the validity period extends to five years. The holder of the visa can stay in the country for 90 days each time, which can be extended to a similar period.