Emirates announces return of its New Zealand services

Emirates A380 departing Auckland.
Emirates A380 departing Auckland. Photo credit: Dan Lake

Emirates has announced it will resume its services to New Zealand - starting July 1, the airline will operate three weekly return Dubai-Auckland services.

Kiwi travellers can connect from Dubai International Airport to one of the 40 other cities Emirates currently has on its network.

The airline has implemented a range of measures to protect the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air.

These include the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes.

Auckland is one of 10 cities added to the Emirates COVID-19 network, which has been drastically reduced during the pandemic.

The other cities are Colombo, Sialkot, Istanbul, Beirut, Brussels, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Barcelona and Washington DC.

The airline has also added flights from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but these will only carry outbound passengers to the UAE and onward destinations. No inbound travellers are allowed into these countries.

Pre-COVID-19, Emirates was flying to over 160 destinations. It now flies to just 40, providing services to customers who wish to return home or those travelling for essential purposes.

In addition, Emirates is adding flights to the following cities in July: London Heathrow, Manchester, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Madrid, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong.

All travellers must meet immigration entry requirements of their destination country.