Etihad announces that flights between Melbourne and London will resume this week – but passengers will have to follow strict hygiene rules
- Etihad Airways has announced flights between Melbourne and London to start
- The airline will begin flights from Melbourne to London from Friday, May 15
- From May 21 flights from London to Melbourne will also become available
Etihad Airways has announced it will begin a weekly service between Melbourne and London.
The airline said flights would resume between Melbourne and London, via Abu Dhabi, on a weekly basis.
Flights out of Melbourne to the UK will start from May 15, while flights from London will begin on May 21.
Etihad Airways have announced international flights between Melbourne and London will begin again from Friday, May 15, but every flight will be subject to strict hygiene protocols
Flights out of Melbourne are set to start from May 15 while flights from London to Melbourne are scheduled to start from May 21 (Melbourne International Airport terminal pictured)
The airline also announced each flight would be subject to strict hygiene protocols.
‘In addition to our already stringent procedures, we’ve implemented an extensive sanitisation and safety programme on board, at the airport and across our complimentary airport transfer services,’ an Etihad Airways statement read.
In another statement the airline said it will continue to follow regulatory health directives.
‘Etihad continues to follow UAE and international government, regulatory and health authority directives, and is playing its part in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19,’ the statement read.
‘The airline has implemented an extensive sanitisation and customer safety program and is practising the highest standards of hygiene at every part of the customer journey.
‘This includes catering, aircraft and cabin deep-cleaning, check-in, health screening, boarding, in-flight, crew interaction, meal service, disembarkation and ground transportation, among others.’
The airline will also endeavour to keep passengers sitting as far from each other as possible in the fuselage.
The airline shared information about travelling between Australia and England.
The UK’s Foreign Office currently advises against all but essential international travel.
Anyone flying on these international flights will also have to undergo strict quarantine and during the Abu Dhabi stop over they will not be allowed to leave the plane.
‘When you arrive at your final destination, additional safety and security measures may be in place, and we ask that you follow these carefully,’ the statement continued.
‘You will be required to self-quarantine, and should check this before you travel.’
Those who fly between Melbourne and London will not be allowed to leave the plane during the Abu Dhabi stop over and will also be required to go into quarantine upon arrival (passengers pictured at Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne on March 13)