Emirates yesterday announced it will ship aid into India for free to help the country battle a huge second wave of Covid.
Emirateswill offer free cargo capacity free of charge on an ‘as available’ basis on all 95 flights it runs to India each week. The Dubai carrier flies to 9 cities in India and will help international NGOs deliver relief supplies.
The first shipment to leave Dubai for India is 12 tons of multi-purpose tents from the World Health Organization (WHO) being flown to Delhi.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ chairman and chief executive, said: “Emirates has a lot of experience in humanitarian relief efforts. And with 95 weekly flights to 9 destinations in India, we will be offering regular and reliable widebody capacity for relief materials. The International Humanitarian City in Dubai is the largest crisis relief hub in the world and we will work closely with them to facilitate the movement of urgent medical supplies.”
So far, close to 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been transported on Emirates’ flights. This roughly means around 1 in 20 of all COVID-19 vaccine doses administered around the world have flown through Dubai.
UAE blocks entry from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka
The UAE has suspended entry to the country for travelers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka due to concerns over Covid-19 infection rates.
The bans affects those on national and foreign flights and transit passengers.
There is only exemption which is for those on ‘transit flights traveling to the UAE and bound for these countries.’