UAE to suspend all passenger flights
UAE has announced it would suspend all passenger flights from March 25. This comes a day after we had reported Etihad, the second largest airline in the UAE would suspend its passenger operations in and out of UAE due to the spread of coronavirus which had led to the travel demand plummet and governments worldwide imposing travel restrictions to control the spread of the virus.
What about Emirates ?
Emirates is the largest airline in the UAE and one of the largest airlines in the world connecting to all major destinations in all the continents. The company on the 22nd of March announced its decision to suspend all passenger services but reversed its decision after receiving requests from Governments and its passengers to fly as it is one of the most connected airlines in the world.
It had said in a statement it would fly to the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, USA, and Canada as long as borders are open and there is demand for travel. Just a couple of days later it has yet again reversed its decision by suspending all its flights.
How long will this last ?
This suspension is set to last 14 days. Aircraft coming into UAE will operate as planned until they come into Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other airports in the UAE. Once the aircraft lands in one of the airports they would be prevented from leaving. This ban applies on other UAE airlines such as Air Arabia and FlyDubai.
This means one of the biggest airlines in the world in Emirates and one of the busiest airports in the world in Dubai would come to a complete standstill along with Abu Dhabi and other airports in UAE. However Cargo and emergency flights would continue to operate.