Emirates has announced that its flights to Istanbul will be resumed, expanding Emirates’ European network to 31 destinations. The Dubai airline has now increased its number of destinations to 99. 

Similarly, Flydubai will also resume its flights to Turkey this week. 

In order to promote the flights, Emirates has teamed with Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, offering all those who fly with the airline a complementary stay at JW Marriott. This offer will only be given to those travelling from December 6 until February 28, 2021.

Emirates’ statement came after Flydubai, which is owned by the Dubai government announced that Dubai-Turkey flights will be resumed. This route will also be resumed by Turkish Airlines.

The UAE and Turkey have been at opposing sides amid a proxy war in Libya, failing to agree on a number of issues regarding Syria, Iraq and the eastern Mediterranean.

However, as flights are to be restored, some suggest that tensions between the two sides have eased. Emirates explained that the Dubai-Istanbul route is one of its busier ones, taking between four and five hours. 

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