UAE national Emirates Airlines has announced operate special flights from Dubai to two Russian cities between March 20 to 29. The special flights are being deployed to help repatriate Russian citizens stranded in the UAE due to the temporary suspension of flights between the UAE and Russia in the wake of coronavirus spread. The flight operation between Dubai and Russia will remain suspended from March 20 to June 30, 2020.

According to a statement issued by Emirates on Thursday, Emirates will operate selected charter flights to Moscow and St. Petersburg between 20 March and 29 March 2020, to facilitate the return of travelers whose journeys were disrupted.

Only Russian nationals will be allowed to travel on these special flights from Dubai to Moscow and St. Petersburg and the return Emirates flights will only be open to non-Russian nationals.