Flydubai has been allowed to operate a special flight out of the UAE to help repatriate foreign nationals, despite the temporary ban on all passenger flights.
32 Britons were among dozens of people allowed to fly out of Dubai yesterday after the UAE gave special permission to flydubai to operate the one-off flight, which quickly sold out after being announced.
All passenger flights in and out of the UAE were suspended last week amid the authorities’ efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, forcing airlines in the country to ground all services.
But the British Embassy tweeted that it was working with authorities and airlines in the UAE to arrange more flights help Britons get home.
It said: “The airports are closed but some airlines are being granted permission for departures. We are working with the UAE Government and airlines to progress all options to get you home.”
We have checked with Fly Dubai. The flight today 28 March has permission to depart, is open to British citizens and has seats available including on connecting flight to Heathrow. If you need to leave the #UAE urgently, please book with the airline now. https://t.co/4GUiFnnOXo— Patrick Moody (@PatrickMoodyFCO) March 27, 2020
Patrick Moody, the British Ambassador to the UAE, announced the flight details late on 27 March.
Flight FZ1749 departed Dubai on Saturday at 10:38 to Zagreb and passengers were then able to connect to London Heathrow.
The UK embassy tweeted: “32 Brits left the UAE on FlyDubai this am. The airports are closed but some airlines are being granted permission for departures.
“We are working with the UAE Government and airlines to progress all options to get you home.”