UAE flight ban leaves thousands of Britons stranded

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Fri, 2021-01-29 19:59

LONDON: Thousands of people have been left stranded or had their travel plans disrupted after the British government introduced a total ban on flights arriving from the UAE.

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added the UAE to its “red list” of 30 countries with a total ban on arrivals at 1pm on Friday.

The Department for Transport said that the aim was “to prevent the spread of the new variant originally identified in South Africa into the UK.”

Dubai attracts more than one million tourists from the UK a year, and Emirati airlines Etihad and Emirates are normally used by thousands of British travellers every day. (Shutterstock/File Photos)
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