The Airbus A380 superjumbo is to be reinstated by Emirates on services from Dubai to Heathrow and Paris from next month.

The July 15 date marks the return of the carrier’s flagship aircraft on scheduled services since the pandemic forced the temporary grounding of its passenger fleet in March.

The return of the A380 follows the resumption of Emirates’ Boeing 777 300ER flights to and from Manchester and Heathrow and Dubai re-opening to visitors from July 7.

Emirates is currently serving more than 40 cities, with connections via its Dubai hub between the Asia Pacific, the Gulf, Europe and the Americas.

Chief operating officer Adel Al Redha said: “The A380 remains a popular aircraft amongst our customers and it offers many unique on-board features.

“We are delighted to bring it back into the skies to serve our customers on flights to London and Paris from 15 July, and we are looking forward to gradually introduce our A380 into more destinations according to the travel demand on specific destinations.

“The Emirates A380 experience remains unique in the industry, and even though we’ve modified services on board for the health and safety of our crew and customers, we are confident that our customers would welcome flying again in this quiet, comfortable aircraft.”