Emirates clarifies passenger flight suspensions

22 March 2020
Airline says most passenger flights will be suspended on 25 March

Dubai’s Emirates Airlines has clarified the passenger flight suspensions it will roll out from 25 March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic’s spread. 

Emirates said it would continue some passenger and cargo flights “as long as borders remain open and there is demand”. 

The carrier said the decision came after it received “requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travellers”.

Passenger flights will continue to be operated to the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, the US and Canada. 

READ: Emirates' suspensions not a panic move

“The situation remains dynamic,” Emirates added in an updated statement. 

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, added: “By 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.”

An earlier statement by Emirates on 22 March said all passenger flights would be suspended from 25 March.

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