Emirates confirms suspension of all passenger flights from March 25
- A Monitor Desk Report 24 Mar, 2020 | 582 Views|-+
Dhaka: Dubai based Emirates has confirmed that the airline is going to suspend all passenger flights from March 25 until further notice as the United Arab Emirates halts all inbound, outbound and transit passenger flights in efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
“As per the latest UAE government directive, Emirates will temporarily suspend all passenger flights from March 25, 2020,” Emirates said in a statement.
“These measures are in place for the protection of communities against the spread of COVID-19, and we are in full support,” the statement added.
It also mentioned that the carrier looks forward to resuming passenger services as soon as feasible.
“Affected customers should visit emirates.com for more information on rebooking or contact their travel agents for assistance.”
However, Emirates continues to operate freighter flights, helping maintain vital international air cargo links for economies and communities.
The move comes after multiple contradictory announcements on March 22, with Emirates initially announcing a total flight suspension and then reversing course within hours due to “requests from governments,” instead announcing it would suspend “most” of its flights.
With the official ban on all passenger flights, even for transit, by the UAE’s Civil Aviation Authority, announced on March 23, Emirates is now completely suspending its passenger flights from March 25, subject to review and renewal.
Cargo and emergency evacuation flights will be exempt, the UAE’s Civil Aviation Authority said, “taking into consideration all the precautionary measures adopted as per the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and Prevention.”