Etihad launch inbound flights to get Dubai residents home

Abu Dhabi flyer Etihad Airways are to start flying inbound flights from across the world to help get stranded UAE residents home.

The first Etihad inbound flight will be from London and launches tomorrow, Saturday, May 9.

The airline had previously only been running outbound flights to get passengers back to their home countries.

Passengers need to apply for the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship approval via the UAE Twajudi Resident service.

And you can get it at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website.

An official statement reports “At this time we are operating special flights to and from Abu Dhabi. Working closely with the UAE Government and Global Aviation Authorities, our aim is to gradually return to a fuller schedule as soon as circumstances allow. While our network is under continuous review, it remains on sale. All bookings made after 29 April 2020 for travel ‪between 16 June and 31 August 2020, are fully flexible and refundable.”

What you need to know

If your flight is approved, you’ll get an ICA approval number which the airline will need. You’ll also need a valid UAE residence visa.   

Passengers will need to go through thermal testing and then self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

The current flight schedule for inbound flights looks like this…

Amsterdam: May 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29
Barcelona: May 14, 17, 24 and 31
Frankfurt: May 17, 24 and 31
Jakarta: May 15 and 29
Kuala Lumpur: May 23 and 30
London: May 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30
Manila: May 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30
Melbourne: May 13, 20 and 27
Seoul: May 22 and 29
Singapore: May 20 and 27
Tokyo: May 20 and 27
Toronto: May 12

Staying in the aviation world, Air Arabia and flydubai have announced they’re starting to sell tickets for journeys from May 21.