Dubai Airports has announced the resumption of scheduled operations by foreign carriers at Dubai International Airport (DXB), one of the busiest airports in the UAE.

This week, 13 international airlines resumed scheduled flights following the resumption of airport operations on 7 July.

Air Blue, Air France, Cebu Pacific, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Gulf Air, KLM, Lufthansa, Mahan Air, Middle East Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Royal Jordanian are currently resuming operations at DXB.

More airlines are expected to resume flights at the airport in the following weeks.

In addition, DXB-based Emirates airline and flydubai have boosted their schedules. Restaurants and retail outlets are also open throughout the airport.

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “We have ensured everything is in place to welcome airlines from around the world back to Dubai as a growing number of bilateral agreements between countries conclude to facilitate the opening of borders and the gradual return of traffic.

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“We remain in close discussions with government officials and airlines to support the resumption of additional services as approvals are granted in the weeks and months ahead.”

DXB has advised passengers to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (masks and gloves) and to arrive at the airport no less than two hours early in order to allow time for any additional screening measures.

To maintain the health and safety of customers and staff, the airport will continue to implement various precautionary measures, including thermal and temperature screening and increased levels of sanitisation.

Meanwhile, a range of precautionary and preventive measures have been rolled out at Abu Dhabi International Airport following the resumption of flights by national carriers.

The measures include contactless control equipment in elevators, self-sanitising escalators, and the use of modern technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the sanitation processes.

The airport has adopted these procedures in partnership with relevant Emirati companies to protect the health and safety of their employees and passengers and to reduce the spread of coronavirus.