Emirates airline has closed its onboard lounges and social areas for passengers on board its A380 aircraft for the safety of the travellers due to a surge in coronavirus cases.
An average of over 2 million new daily cases have been reported in the past seven days while new global cases have increased by 270 per cent since the Omicron variant was discovered in South Africa in late November.
An Emirates spokesperson said,
“In light of health and safety considerations, Emirates has temporarily modified some aspects of our onboard service. Our onboard lounge and the social area will not be available to customers at this time,”
In October 2020, Emirates rolled out a redesigned experience onboard A380 with the introduction of additional health and safety measures. The airline had also enhanced its offering, introducing a nutrient-rich welcome drink for the winter season.
The carrier, which has resumed operations over 90 per cent of its pre-pandemic network and flies to more than 120 destinations worldwide via its hub in Dubai, earlier announced in December that its members will have access to more than 120 lounges by February 2022.
News Source: Khaleej Times