Dubai’s Emirates airline has closed its onboard lounges and social areas for passengers in its A380 aircraft for the travellers’ safety due to a surge in coronavirus cases
An average of more than two million new daily cases have been reported in the past seven days while new global cases have increased by 270% since the Omicron variant was discovered in South Africa in late November.
Emirates had earlier resumed operations over 90% of its pre-pandemic network and flies to more than 120 destinations worldwide via its hub in Dubai. By late December, Emirates lounges at a host of airports in the UK, including London Heathrow, Birmingham, and Manchester were re-opened for customers while the lounges in London Gatwick and Glasgow will receive customers in January 2022.
In Europe, Emirates lounges in Germany, namely Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, in addition to lounges in Milan and Rome, have already re-opened for passengers while the lounges in Hamburg and Paris were opened last month.