Emirates Airlines resumed flights to South Africa in October 2020, when the country reopened its borders to international travellers and scheduled international flights after a six-month travel ban.
The airline wasted no time in resuming scheduled flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg once South Africans borders reopened. A week later, it also restarted flights between Dubai and King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
Emirates announced on 14 January that it would temporarily suspend flights between Dubai and South Africa, citing operational reasons as reason.
It said it would halt flights between Dubai and its three South African destinations from Saturday 16 January to Thursday 28 January.
The airline said flights were halted due to operational reasons. However, a subsequent travel ban by UAE authorities on nationals from South Africa due to the new variant of the Coronavirus suggests the suspension is connected to that.
Though due to resume services to South Africa on 28 January, Emirates announced on 25 January that its South African flights were now suspended until 4 February.
“Customers holding tickets with final destinations in South Africa will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin. Emirates’ flights to South Africa will remain suspended until 4 February 2021, in line with recent government directives that restrict the entry of travellers originating from South Africa into the UAE,” Emirates said on its website.
The airline apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused by the extended suspension of flights.
“Emirates remains committed to serving our customers in South Africa and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow.
“Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused. Affected customers should contact their travel agent or Emirates contact centre for rebooking options,” the airline said.