Emirates Airlines announced on today, 22nd March, that it will suspend all passenger flights from March 25 amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
“Today, we made the decision to temporarily suspend all passenger flights by 25 March 2020,” the airline announced on its Twitter handle.
However, the airline said that it would continue its SkyCargo operations.
“Having received requests from governments and customers to support repatriation of travellers, Emirates will continue to operate passenger and cargo flights to a few countries until further notice, as long as borders remain open, and there is demand.”
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group said: “The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This is an unprecedented crisis in terms of breadth and scale: Geographically, as well as from a health, social, and economic standpoint. Until January 2020, the Emirates Group was doing well against our current financial year targets. But Covid-19 has brought all that to a sudden and painful halt over the past six weeks.
“As a global network airline, we find ourselves in a situation where we cannot viably operate passenger services until countries re-open their borders, and travel confidence returns. By Wednesday 25 March, although we will still operate cargo flights, which remain busy, Emirates will have temporarily suspended most of its passenger operations. We continue to watch the situation closely, and as soon as things allow, we will reinstate our services.”
The airline will operate passenger flights to the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, USA and Canada.
As the situation remains dynamic, the airline urged its travellers to check flight status online.
“We will continue to watch the situation closely, and will reinstate our temporarily suspended passenger services, as soon as feasible. These are unprecedented times for the airline and travel industry, but we will get through it with your support,” the airline stated.