Aviation

Emirates becomes world’s first airline to conduct COVID-19 tests for passengers

In what it’s claiming to be a world first for airlines, Emirates has conducted on-site COVID-19 tests for passengers before an international flight.

Passengers due to depart Dubai to Tunisia on Thursday were all tested by Emirates, in coordination with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), for COVID-19 before their departure.

According to the airline, tests yielded passenger bloodwork within 10 minutes, with the procedure conducted by the DHA at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3 group check-in.

Emirates is now looking at how to scale-up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights, chief operating officer Adel Al Redha said in a statement.

According to Al Redha, this would enable Emirates to conduct on-site tests and “provide immediate confirmation for Emirates passengers travelling to countries that require COVID-19 test certificates”.

On top of incorporating COVID-19 testing, Emirates’ check-in and boarding formalities have also been adapted with social distancing in mind.

Protective barriers have been installed at each check-in desk to provide additional safety measures to passengers and employees during any interaction.

Gloves, masks and hand sanitisers have been made mandatory for all employees at the airport.

Passengers are also required to wear their own masks when at Dubai International Airport and on board Emirates’ aircraft, and follow social distancing guidelines.

Emirates has additionally modified its inflight services for health and safety reasons.

Magazines and other print reading material are no longer available on aircraft, and while food and beverages will continue to be offered on board, packaging and presentation will be modified to reduce contact during meal service and minimise risk of interaction, the airline explained.

Cabin baggage is currently not accepted on flights, while arry-on items allowed in the cabin are limited to laptops, handbags, briefcases or baby items.

All other items must be checked in, and Emirates will add the cabin baggage allowance to customers’ check-in baggage allowance.

All Emirates aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Dubai after each journey.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Airline embroiled in website scam duping travellers with fake tickets

Have you purchased some too-good-to-be-true-airfares for your clients recently? You might want to read this.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism Fiji’s CEO to exit

After four-and-a-half years at the helm, Matt Stoeckel is saying ‘ni sa moce’ to Tourism Fiji.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Financial reporting and AGM pressure eases for Virgin Australia

The embattled airline has also launched a 20th birthday sale, with fares from just $69, along with a bunch of cheap tickets to and from Melbourne.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Canadian tourist sends “cursed” artefacts back to Pompeii

by Ali Coulton

A travel agent in Italy has received a peculiar package containing “cursed” ancient ruins and a letter of confession.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

New data reveals most popular rental car brands around the world

Ever wondered what the most popular rental car brand is in Latvia? Well, today is your lucky day because we’ve got the answer right here.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

APT takes to the skies with ‘Private Air Tours’

Just like trackpants, Birkenstocks and sourdough baking, it seems privately chartered flights are all the rage right now.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Azamara grows local presence and announces 2021 European cruises

The boutique cruise line has tripled the size of its local sales team with a slew of new appointments, as well as revealing its new restart date.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Travel DAZE 2020 speaker spotlight: Maria Elena Rossi, Italian National Tourist Board

We caught up with the Italian National Tourist Board’s marketing chief to find out why the organisation is supporting next month’s event, and what to expect from her session.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Air New Zealand reveals new safety ad concept, as it brings back ‘Mystery Breaks’

The airline has unveiled a few details about its next safety ad, and we promise it doesn’t feature any rapping or the All Blacks.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Green shoots: Travellers Choice welcomes new member

Rumour has it that Travellers Choice’s office intern was spotted buying a pack of assorted cream bickies and some mid-shelf bubbles to celebrate the new addition.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Costa Cruises confirms eight cases of COVID-19 on board Costa Diadema

The cruise ship passengers tested positive after a visit to the Greek islands, with most of them now isolating in dedicated onshore facilities in Palermo.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

TTNQ names new board directors

Tourism Tropical North Queensland has revealed its new-look board of directors, who have all managed to nail the socially-distanced press photo shoot.

Share

CommentComments