Etihad Airways to suspend flights from Abu Dhabi
In the wake of travel bans and suspension Etihad Airways has announced the suspension of its flights in and out of Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways is the second largest airline in UAE after Emirates. It is based out of Abu Dhabi. It has a fleet of 102 aircraft with Airbus short haul, long haul and Boeing long haul aircraft and serves 81 destinations.
Suspension of its flights
Etihad Airways has announced to suspend all its flights to and from its base in Abu Dhabi to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The suspension would take place from 23:59 (UAE local time) on Wednesday, 25th March for a period of 14 days. Passengers who want to change or cancel their flight can do so from their website.
Tony Douglas, Group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “These are unprecedented times and unprecedented decisions are being made by governments, authorities and companies, including Etihad, to contain the spread of the coronavirus and to help minimise its effects around the world”.
Etihad in a statement said they would be suspending flights from its base Abu Dhabi adding “As the national airline of the UAE, we stand in full support of the government’s efforts to limit the global spread of Coronavirus. The safety and good health of our guests takes precedence over everything” and that they are operating as many flights as possible to bring back families together.
Etihad Cargo operations
Etihad Cargo is the cargo branch of its parent airline Etihad Airways. It was previously known as Etihad Crystal Cargo. Etihad Cargo operate with a fleet of 6 B777-F.
It has said in a statement that though its passenger operations are suspended it would continue its cargo and rescue operations.