Abu Dhabi airline Etihad Airways are looking to relaunch a ‘meaningful’ flying schedule by July.
Etihad Airways CEO Tony Douglas told CNN they were ‘looking at July 16.’ But Douglas was keen to point out there are a lot of variables before that becomes official.
“It’s small steps in a very controlled way, subject obviously to government approval here in Abu Dhabi and the destinations in question,” said Douglas.
“But my sense is we’re looking at July 16. When we see that we’d like to make a few more steps, and hopefully with the right approvals in place where it’s safe to fly, we’ll build off the back of that.”
Etihad had previously looked at May 16 and June 16 as possible return dates. But with Emirates operating flights to nine regular destinations, it looks like air travel may slowly be recovering over the summer.
Etihad are currently using a skeleton network of 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. These are being used to get citizens back home and residents return to the UAE.
Emirates reveal hygiene kits
Emirates meanwhile have revealed a range of new safety measures for passengers and staff.
As soon as you check-in, passengers will be given a free hygiene kit. This will include a face masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser.
Thermal scanning will take place during the airport process. And protective safety barriers have been installed at each Emirates check-in desk and immigration counters.