Emirates returns to Glasgow

The resumption of services comes as the UK government relaxed Coronavirus restrictions previously in place for the UAE 

Emirates has announced it will resume flights between Dubai and Glasgow for the first time since January on August 11.  

The services will be operated by one of the Middle East airline’s Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a two-class configuration, offering business and economy.  

The flights will initially depart four times weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays until September when the carrier will increase connections to a daily service. 

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The Gulf carrier is bringing back services to the Scottish city after the government announced that the UAE would move to its ‘amber’ travel list from August 8, allowing passengers to skip quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and take a test two days after arrival into Scotland.  

Mark Johnston, chief operating officer for AGS Airports, which owns Glasgow Airport, commented: “Emirates’ decision to restart the country’s busiest long-haul route is a significant step towards rebuilding Scotland’s vital connectivity and will be welcome news to our passengers. We are in the early stages of the safe restart of international travel, but there remains a long road ahead for aviation in the UK and the thousands of people employed within our industry.” 

Adnan Kazim, Emirates CCO, added: “Emirates welcomes the decision to add the UAE to the UK’s ‘amber list’ for international travel, reflecting the extensive steps that have been taken to mitigate the spread of the virus in the UK and UAE. Since the UK’s announcement, we’ve seen a huge surge in queries from customers desperate to travel to see their families, planning their kids’ return for the new school term, as well as their postponed business or holiday travel.” 

The airline has been gradually rebuilding its global network with services to over 120 passenger destinations having been resumed already, making up close to 90% of its pre-pandemic operations.