In a statement on Thursday, Emirates says it will resume 14 scheduled flights to Dubai, including those from Karachi, five from Lahore, and two from Islamabad, from June 8.
The airline will both fly residents of the UAE and cargo to Dubai. It will only carry cargo on the Dubai to Pakistan flights.
Emirates will serve Pakistan with its modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft flying daily from Karachi, Thursdays and Saturdays from Islamabad and Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from Lahore.
The airline said passengers would only be admitted on certain flights if they met the UAE government’s eligibility and entry criteria requirements.
“We are pleased to resume scheduled passenger services from Pakistan to Dubai, which will enable our UAE-based Pakistani customers currently in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad to return to their work, businesses and families,” said Mohammad Sarhan, the airline’s Pakistan vice-president.
“We are working closely with the Pakistani government to plan the resumption of operations to Peshawar and Sialkot as well.”
He noted that the airline’s top priority remains the safety and wellbeing of customers , employees and communities.
Emirates is seeking to promote flights to repatriate Pakistani people wanting to return home. The airline operated two special flights from Dubai to Karachi and Islamabad this week which brought back stranded Pakistani nationals in the UAE.