From what I’ve read, those “operational reasons” are, just to name a few, international flight crew quarantining rules - 14 days hotel quarantine, much like everyone else. As well as the lowering of international passenger caps by half - which is now less than 3000 people per week, with no more than 17 people per flight.
It’s worth noting that Emirates will still fly to Perth, Western Australia, as they aren’t subject to the same rules as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Disappointing for many but it’s the price to pay for a COVID free country. We’ve gone two days with no COVID we need to get it up so we can continue economic growth and the freedom of no/very lax restrictions you get with no COVID.
These are very true points, and most likely play a large factor in this decision from Emirates.
Who would want to go there? As Dan Andrews said himself, the best experiences in our nation are right here in Victoria… JK.
Maybe they couldn’t be bothered putting in the time and effort to train pilots to land 777’s and A380’s upside down.
Yeah, it’s going to be a shame not seeing Emirates aircraft at Melbourne for a while. I’m sure they’ll return at some point in the future.
That is something you’ll never know… 👀
I agree. However, it makes it a lot more difficult for an Australian citizens or permenent residents that are stranded in Dubai to get home now, unless they go to Perth and then to the East Coast of Australia.
They probably thought it was best not come their cause of new covid variants due how contagious they are. Personally think for the best for now until it’s safe to travel. Also miss how Auckland use to have 3 A380s from each of the destinations, those times were awesome and sadly I never got to fly on them on those particular routes but hopefully might get to try out in Australia once pandemic is over.
I am genuinely confused, though. Was this a publicity stunt to rack up attention for the airline? Did they actually have intentions to suspend the route(s) indefinitely? Lots of questions are going unanswered.