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Emirates restarting Singapore flights on 18 June with new First Class Suites

Emirates is restarting its Singapore - Dubai flights two weeks earlier than planned, with a nice surprise at the 'pointy end'

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Note: Emirates has extended its new First Class Suites on the Singapore route to 31st July 2020.

Some more positive news for airline schedules in and out of Singapore, as Middle East giant Emirates schedules a return to Changi from mid-June 2020, two weeks earlier than its original plan for service reinstatement to and from the Lion City.

The airline has also rostered one of its newest Boeing 777-300ERs to serve the route, featuring six of the latest fully enclosed First Class Suites, for the lucky few who will be flying until the end of June at least.

What changed?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) banned transit passengers from passing through its airports back in March 2020, effectively killing off most of Emirates’ services. As a result, the airline ceased regular passenger flights on its Singapore – Melbourne route on 22nd March 2020, followed by its Singapore – Dubai route on 24th March 2020.

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Emirates ceased regular passenger flights at Changi on 24th March 2020. (Photo: M. Harting)

Like many around the world including Singapore, this week the UAE government has lifted restrictions on transit passengers. That means Emirates can now provide connecting itineraries through its Dubai hub once again, and as a result the airline has announced it will serve a total of 29 cities from the week of 15th June 2020, with Singapore on the list of 16 reinstated routes.

“Following the UAE Federal Government’s announcement to lift restrictions on transit passengers services, from 15th June Emirates will offer passenger services to 16 more cities on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. With travel restrictions remaining in place in most countries, customers are reminded to check entry and exit requirements before their journeys.”

Emirates, 4th June 2020