KLM and Air France to resume Dubai flights in July

The first flights from Amsterdam and Paris to Dubai are scheduled for July 1

With tourists allowed to fly into Dubai again from July, Air France and KLM will be among the first non-local airlines to fly passengers into the emirate.

KLM will offer daily flights to and from Dubai, from the airline's hub in Amsterdam, with the first flight scheduled for Wednesday, July 1.

Air France will fly to Dubai three times per week, with return flights to Paris on subsequent days. The first flight will also head from Paris to Dubai on Wednesday, July 1.

“All of our flights are operated with additional sanitary measures to ensure our passengers safety," said Yeshwant Pawar, general manager for Air France KLM, Gulf, Iran and Pakistan.

Terminal 2 departures from Dubai

KLM will operate in and out of Dubai International Airport's Terminal 2 via a Boeing 777-200. Flight KL428 will depart Dubai at 2.50am, landing in Amsterdam Schipol at 8.15am. The return leg will leave the Netherlands at 4.30pm and land in Dubai at 1.10am. Economy return fares start from Dh2,315.

From Paris, Air France will also operate from Dubai's Terminal 2, with flights serviced via an Airbus A350-900. From Paris, flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, landing in Dubai at 10.15pm. Return flights will head for France on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, departing Dubai at 12.40am. Return economy fares start from Dh2,088.

The Air France KLM group advised travellers to ensure that they have met all requirements to enter the country of destination, including any criteria for transit.

In-flight safety measures

On all Air France flights, travellers must wear surgical masks and respect social distancing where possible.

In-flight service has been minimised, with food and beverage consisting mostly of sealed products and individually wrapped items.

The second meal typically served on long-haul flights may be suspended. Duty-free items, magazines and newspapers are no longer provided.

KLM has similar rules in place, with face masks compulsory for every traveller over the age of 10.

Travellers will get a bag of snacks, fruit and drinks.

Hot meals are only being served on flights of more than nine hours.

On flights to Dubai, passengers will be given a bag containing snacks, fruit and drinks, but not hot meals.

Travellers are welcome to bring their own food for the journey.

Hot drinks and alcoholic beverages are not available.

Easing of travel restrictions

Dubai is opening up for tourists from Sunday, July 7. British Airways has announced it will resume flights to the emirate from London, with the first flight scheduled for Friday, July 17.

Emirates and Flydubai are both offering flights to several destinations from Dubai in July.

Emirates most recently announced it will fly to Cairo, Tunis, Glasgow and Male, taking the total number of destinations the airline will serve to 52.

Etihad has increased its flights to 29 destinations from Wednesday, July 1, but Abu Dhabi is not currently open to tourists.