More than 27,000 Filipinos, stranded across the globe due to travel restrictions and border closures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, have already been safely returned to the Philippines as well as other countries where they reside, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This is due to the numerous flights flown by Emirates, the flag carrier of the UAE, that flew between Dubai and other cities around the world.
As a token of its gratitude, the Philippine government, represented by Her Excellency Hjayceelyn M. Quintana, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the UAE, recently presented a token of appreciation to Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates.
The respected diplomat thanked the airline for its generous efforts to help bring Filipino citizens back to their homes.
In return, Kazim presented to Ambassador Quintana an Emirates A380 aircraft model as a symbol of its continuous support to the Filipino community and gratitude to its people over the years.
The UAE is home to more than 800,000 Filipinos who are living and working in the country.
Recently, Emirates operated a one-off A380 flight to Clark to mark its 30 years of service to the Philippines. It was in 2014 that the Emirates A380 made a one-off trip to Manila that marked its first arrival in the Philippines.
In the three-month period from April to June, Emirates operated over 200 repatriation flights to nearly 40 cities within its network, including flights on special routes organized in conjunction with diplomatic missions to fly their citizens home.
Emirates is the flag carrier airline of the UAE, where it connects the world to, and through, its global hub located in Dubai. The airline operates modern, efficient and comfortable aircraft, while its culturally diverse workforce delivers award-winning services to its customers across six continents daily.