EMIRATES will from February 6 increase its flights between Lusaka, Harare and Dubai to four times a week, the airline has announced.
According to a statement, the expanded schedule of services will offer better connectivity for customers in Zambia and Zimbabwe to Emirates’ growing destination network via Dubai of more than 100 destinations.
The Dubai-based airline, which resumed flights to Lusaka in September following a six-month suspension due to the coronavirus, will operate its fourth flight on Wednesdays, using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from Lusaka to Dubai and also Harare, complementing its current Friday, Saturday and Sunday flights on the route.
“Emirates’ flight EK714 departs Lusaka at 15:30 hours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, arriving in Dubai at 00:35 hours the next day,” the statement reads. “Flight EK713 departs from Dubai at 03:30 hours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, arriving in Lusaka at 08:40hrs before travelling onward to Harare.”
The airline has seen a gradual increase in travel demand since its resumption of operations, the statement notes.
Emirates connects business and leisure travellers from Zambia to the Middle East, Europe, the Far East, the Americas, Australasia and West Asia.
“Travellers from Zambia can now travel with confidence thanks to the free cover on COVID-19 related medical expenses should they be diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel while they are away from home,” reads the statement. “This cover is immediately effective for Emirates customers flying with tickets purchased between 1 December 2020 and 31 January 2021 and is valid for 31 days from the moment they fly the first sector of their journey. This means 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.”
Meanwhile, Emirates has become one of the first airlines in the world to trial the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass, a mobile app for COVID-19 updates and test verification.
“IATA Travel Pass enables Emirates passengers to create a ‘digital passport’ to verify that their pre-travel test or vaccination meets the requirements of the destination,” according to a statement.
“They will also be able to share the test and vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel. The new app will also enable travellers to manage all travel documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout the travel experience.”
Prior to a full rollout, Emirates will implement phase 1 in Dubai for the validation of COVID-19 PCR tests before departure. In this initial phase, expected to begin in April, Emirates customers travelling from Dubai will be able to share their COVID test status directly with the airline even before reaching the airport through the app, which will then auto-populate the details on the check-in system.