Covid-19: Dubai Airports accommodates stranded passengers in hotels

6 April 2020 (Last Updated April 6th, 2020 15:13)

Dubai Airports has announced it has been working on completing the travel formalities for the remaining 91 passengers stranded due to the suspension of passenger flights in the Emirate.

Covid-19: Dubai Airports accommodates stranded passengers in hotels
Passenger flights at Dubai Airport have been suspended in order to combat the global Covid-19 pandemic. Credit: Raihan S.R. Bakhsh from Kuwait.

Dubai Airports has announced it has been working on completing the travel formalities for the remaining 91 passengers stranded due to the suspension of passenger flights in the Emirate.

The airport has provided hotel rooms and meals to those stranded at Dubai International Airport (DXB) as the passengers await either repatriation flights or for health and immigration formalities to be completed.

The airport expects to confirm a concrete solution for the remaining passengers over the next couple of days.

Since the suspension of passenger flights at 11:59pm local time on 24 March, Dubai Airports has been working closely with airlines, embassies and government authorities to provide the necessary solutions for the stranded passengers.

More than 600 passengers were affected by the travel suspension, either because their onward journeys were curtailed beyond DXB, or they were seeking to enter the UAE after restrictions had been placed on entry.

Dubai International Airport has taken measures to enable their return back to their countries, or to complete their necessary medical examinations to allow entry into the UAE.

The airport has also provided food and drink, welfare and support to the stranded passengers in order to ensure that they are properly looked after.

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “These are unprecedented circumstances and our primary focus is to ensure that those passengers who are stranded at DXB receive the necessary levels of care and attention.

“We have worked closely with the airlines and the authorities to either clear passengers through health checks and immigration formalities to enter the appropriate quarantine arrangements or helped to organise flights to repatriate passengers to their home or onward destinations.”