December 1, 2020, 09.35 PM

KOMPAS.com – Emirates Airlines is hoping it can restart its Indonesia routes as a means of reviving the global airline industry that has been left crippled by the pandemic.

Emirates Country Manager Indonesia, Abdalla Al Zamani, said that the pandemic threw a curveball for the global airline industry and that of tourism.

“For the first time in history, our commercial flights came to a complete halt for nearly eight weeks in April and May.”

However, the global airline industry is slowly picking up the pieces and Emirates Airlines is no exception as it is working towards restoring its operations to pre-pandemic levels.

Read also: Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Indonesia's Bali

Rebuilding networks

Abdalla said that the company is still attempting to rebuild its networks, including its Indonesia routes, and its passenger operations.

“Thus far, we have reinitiated our network in 98 destinations across the world with Hamburg and Dusseldorf having been the latest added onto our list last November 1. Lyon will soon follow.”

Abdalla reassured that Emirates’ network will strengthen as the airline strives to bring back Indonesia routes during the pandemic.

In mid-June 2020, the airline offered three flights per week to Jakarta and had gradually increased the frequency to six times per week as of August 3. The goal for December 2, 2020, is seven flights per week to Indonesia.

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