UAE announced on Wednesday that airports around the country would be allowed to operate limited flights which would include only transit, repatriation of expats or return of residents or citizens.\r\nThe announcement was made during Wednesday\u2019s\u00a0coronavirus press briefing\u00a0by Dr. Saif al-Dhaheri, spokesman for National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cThe decision to suspend passenger flights to and from the country is still in effect,\u201d al-Dhaheri said.\r\nHe added that limited flights will be temporarily permitted for the purpose of \u201cevacuating residents and visitors who wish to leave the UAE and return to their country.\u201d\r\nThe airlines allowed to operate these flights are Emirates, Etihad, fly dubai and Air Arabia, and they are expected to announce flights and timings on Thursday, June 4.\r\nIn reaction to the announcement, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates\u2019 chairman and CEO welcomed the news, saying in a tweet : \u201cWe welcome the UAE authorities\u2019 decision to re-open UAE airports for all connecting travellers. @Emirates and flydubai will shortly announce the resumption of passenger flights to more cities with connections to, and through, Dubai. @DXB\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum\r\n\r\n\u2714@HHAhmedBinSaeed\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWe welcome the UAE authorities' decision to re-open UAE airports for all connecting travellers. @Emirates and flydubai will shortly announce the resumption of passenger flights to more cities with connections to, and through, Dubai. @DXB\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1,706\r\n8:49 PM - Jun 3, 2020\r\nTwitter Ads info and privacy\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n574 people are talking about this\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEarlier on Wednesday, the United Arab Emirates announced one coronavirus-related death and 571 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of active cases in the Gulf state to 36,359, according to the ministry of health.