Emirates has reported UK passenger bookings to Dubai have more than doubled since the announcement of a UK-UAE travel corridor.

The Gulf carrier has also seen booking increases of more than 50% week-on-week for Cape Town, Durban and Bangkok, and “greater demand” for the Maldives.

Last week, Emirates announced plans to rachet up capacity from the UK with an additional 15 flights a week – bringing its total number of weekly flights to 52 in December – in response to demand.

UK visitors to Dubai must provide a negative Covid PCR test taken within 96 hours of their flight’s departure.

Emirates has expanded its multi-risk travel cover in addition to its Covid-19 cover, underwritten by AIG, included in the fare and due to begin from December 1.

It now includes out-of-country emergency medical expenses and emergency medical evacuation up to US$500,000, valid for Covid-19 contracted during the trip and other medical emergencies while traveling abroad; trip cancellation up to US$7,500 for non-refundable costs if the traveller or a relative is unable to travel because they are diagnosed with Covid-19 before departure; and provisions for personal accidents during travel, winter sports cover, loss of personal belongings, and trip disruptions due to unexpected air space closure, travel recommendations or advisories.

Customers who book before March 31, 2021, can change their travel dates or extend their ticket’s validity for two years.