Emirates resumes flights to Cebu

Published August 13, 2020, 10:00 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

Emirates is resuming passenger flights to Cebu next Thursday (August 20, 2020),  with twice-weekly services using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Once its scheduled services resume in Cebu, Emirates would have returned to operating out of three gateways in the Philippines. 

Scheduled services to Clark resumed earlier this month while flights to Manila returned to operation since June 11, 2020.

The twice-weekly service between Cebu and Dubai will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays as flight EK2607/2608 until August 27. 

Starting September 1, the flight will operate as EK338/339, on the same schedule.

“This is a significant milestone in our recovery,” stressed Satish Sethi, Country Manager for Emirates-Philippines.

“We are delighted to help passengers return home or connect to other destinations in our growing network,” he added.

“With comprehensive safety measures in place, in the air and on the ground, Emirates is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of passengers, crew and our employees at every step of the journey.”

Furthermore, the airline will resume services to Birmingham (September 1) and Houston (August 23). 

This will bring the airline’s network to 74 destinations, offering  connections between the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas through its Dubai hub.

Emirates’ flights on the Dubai-Birmingham route will operate four times a week, operated with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, while flights between Dubai and Houston will operate three times a week utilizing a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. 

The airline currently serves five gateways in the United States including New York JFK, Washington DC, Boston (15 August), Chicago and Los Angeles – expanding its U.S. network to six cities and offering 27 weekly flights to the country.  

Customers can book flights on emirates.com or via travel agents.

Customers can stop over or travel to Dubai as the city has re-opened for international business and leisure visitors. 

COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents, and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from. 

Emirates has committed to cover COVID-19 related medical expenses, free of cost, should passengers be diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel while they are away from home. 

This cover is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until October 31, 2020 (first flight to be completed on or before October 31, 2020), and is valid for 31 days from the moment they fly the first sector of their journey.

In other words, Emirates customers can continue to benefit from the added assurance of this cover, even if they travel onwards to another city after arriving at their Emirates destination. 

The airline has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of customers and employees on the ground and in the air.

This include the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial wipes.