Emirates Starting Limited Number of Flights, Offering Benefits to Skywards Members
Emirates Airline has received approval from UAE authorities to start flying a small number of passenger flights from April 6
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman & CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, has tweeted on Thursday Emirates will be starting limited flights that will initially carry residents, visitors in the UAE who wish to return to their countries. His tweet read, “Over time, Emirates looks forward to the gradual resumption of passenger services in line with lifting of travel and operational restrictions, including assurance of health measures to safeguard our people and customers. Their safety and well-being will always be our top priority."
Earlier, Emirates Airline had announced suspension of all flights and a pay cut for the staff. In a statement released earlier today, Emirates Skywards stated that it is extending support and flexibility to its members. It said that it "is supporting its 27+ million members by understanding their needs, relaxing policies, adding flexibility, and including extensions – in short, giving members the reassurance they need during the global pandemic"
It said that Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members with a tier review date prior to 1 March 2021 will "retain their current status with just 80% of the usual travel requirements". For Silver members, an accumulation of 20,000 tier Miles, and for Gold members 40,000 and Platinum 120,000 was required to retain their status.
Those Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members, who were unable to retain their existing tier during status reviews that fall between March and September 2020, would have their status automatically extended until 31 December 2020.
The miles validity has been extended to 31 December 2020 and Dr. Nejib Ben Khedher, Divisional Senior Vice President Emirates Skywards said: "Emirates Skywards is closely monitoring the situation unfolding worldwide – and we're with our members every step of the way. We understand our members may be anxious about retaining their status or about the validity of their Miles, and we have relaxed our policies to reassure them during this global crisis – they now have one less thing to worry about. The changes and details of these relaxed policies may not immediately reflect in our members' 'My Account' section of emirates.com, and we ask for their understanding and patience during these unprecedented times for all airlines. Meanwhile, we urge everyone in affected cities to stay home and stay safe."