Dubai provider Emirates Airline introduced on Sunday it should droop all passenger flights from March 25 amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
“By Wednesday 25 March, although we will still operate cargo flights, which remain busy, Emirates will have temporarily suspended all its passenger operations,” the airline’s chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum mentioned in a press release.
“We continue to watch the situation closely, and as soon as things allow, we will reinstate our services.”
Emirates passenger flights usually serve 159 locations.
The United Arab Emirates on Friday introduced its first two deaths from the COVID-19 illness, having reported 153 infections up to now, of which 38 folks have recovered.
Maktoum mentioned that, till January this yr, the Emirates Group was “doing well” towards present monetary yr targets, however “COVID-19 has brought all that to a sudden and painful halt over the past six weeks”.
“The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” he mentioned.
The illness first emerged in China in late December and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization earlier in March.
Gulf nations have imposed varied restrictions to fight the unfold of the virus, notably within the air transport sector.
The UAE has stopped granting visas on arrival and forbidden foreigners who’re authorized residents however are outdoors the nation from returning.