State-owned carrier Emirates has implemented a series of safety and hygiene standards on board and at the airport with the resumption of passenger flight operations.

The Dubai-based airline has resumed regularly scheduled passenger flights to nine destinations.

Emirates chief operating officer Adel Al Redha said: “Emirates is implementing a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the traveller’s journey, to enhance the sanitisation of all touchpoints, and ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees.

“The risk of catching an infection on an aircraft is already very low, but we have spared no effort in reviewing and redesigning every step, from check-in to disembarkation.

“Every measure implemented is an additional reduction in risk, and taken altogether, our aim is really to make flying as safe as possible.”

All passengers that check-in at Dubai International Airport and on flights to the city will be provided with complimentary hygiene kits. Such kits will include masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser.

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At the airport, the passengers and Emirates staff are directed to wear gloves and masks, while only masks are mandated on flights.

Thermal scanners were deployed at various areas of the airport to monitor the temperatures of passengers and employees.

Physical distancing indicators were also placed to ensure that the travellers maintain the necessary distance at check-in, immigration, boarding and transfer areas.

In addition, protective barriers were deployed at each check-in desk and immigration counter to minimise contact at these touchpoints.

On board, Emirates has introduced a cabin service assistant (CSA) for flights longer than 1.5 hours to help lavatories at frequent intervals. All cabin crew will wear PPE to minimise contagion risks.

Earlier this week, Hamad International Airport also announced that it will implement the latest technologies to ensure employee and passenger safety after the Covid-19 pandemic.