Emirates suspends flights to 30 destinations

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Emirates suspends flights to 30 destinations

Emirates airline has suspended flights to 30 destinations around the world from today (Tuesday March 17), as coronavirus guidance impacts airlines around the world.

According to reports by Time Out’s sister title Arabian Business, while in February the company announced suspension of flights to China (except Beijing), followed by a range of services to further destinations earlier in March, more destinations are now affected.

Emirates flights are now suspended for the following destinations:
Amman: From 17 March to 31 March
Baghdad: From 17 March to 31 March
Bangkok- Hong Kong: From 9 March – 31 March
Basra: From 17 March to 31 March
Beirut: From 17 March to 31 March
Bologna: From 13 March to 03 April
Casablanca: From 16 March - 31 March
Dammam: From 09 March until further notice
Fort Lauderdale: 13 to 31 March
Guangzhou: From 05 February until further notice
Istanbul (IST): From 17 March to 31 March
Istanbul (SAW): From 17 March to 31 March
Jeddah: From 09 March until further notice
Kuwait City: From 14 March to 31 March
Larnaca: From 17 March to 31 March
Malta (via Larnaca): From 17 March- 31 March
Medina: From 09 March until further notice
Milan: From 13 March to 03 April
New York JFK – Milan: 11 March to 12 April
New York EWR – Athens: 13 March to 12 April
Peshawar: From 15 March to 31 March, flights to/from Peshawar will be rerouted through Islamabad. Affected customers will need to make their own way to rerouted airports and will receive an email with their rebooking details.
Porto: From 17 March to 31 March
Riyadh: From 09 March until 31 March
Rome: From 14 March to 03 April
Shanghai: From 05 February until further notice
Sialkot: From 15 March to 31 March, flights to/from Sialkot will be re-routed through Lahore. Affected customers will need to make their own way to rerouted airports and will receive an email with their rebooking details.
Taipei: From 16 March until further notice
Tehran: From 26 February until further notice
Venice: From 12 March to 03 April
Warsaw: From 15 March to 28 March

Dubai-based carrier flydubai has also suspended or cancelled flights to more than ten countries, as reported by Arabian Business.

Here are the destinations currently affected:
Saudi Arabia: Following a directive from the authorities in Saudi Arabia, flydubai flights to and from Saudi Arabia have been cancelled until 31 March.

Iran: flydubai flights to the Iranian cities of Esfahan, Lar, Mashhad, Shiraz and Tehran have been temporarily suspended following a directive from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Bahrain: Following a directive from the authorities in Bahrain, flydubai flights to and from Bahrain have been cancelled until 31 March.

Kuwait: Following a directive from the authorities in Kuwait, flydubai flights to and from Kuwait will be cancelled between 14 and 19 March.

Italy: flydubai flights to and from Catania have been cancelled from 15 March to 20 May.

Italy: flydubai flights to and from Naples have been cancelled from 14 March to 21 May.

Slovakia: Following a directive from the authorities in Slovakia, flydubai flights from and to Bratislava have been cancelled between 13 and 27 March.

Poland: Following a directive from the authorities in Poland, flydubai flights from and to Krakow have been cancelled  between 15 and 28 March.

South Sudan: flydubai flights from and to Juba have been temporarily suspended from 14 March.

Pakistan: Following a directive from the authorities in Pakistan, flydubai flights will operate as per the following:
• Flights to and from Sialkot will be rerouted to Islamabad on from 14 to 17 March
• Flights to and from Faisalabad and Multan will be rerouted to Islamabad from  15 to 17 March.
• Flights to and from Quetta on 16 and 17 March have been cancelled and passengers will be rebooked on the Karachi flights.
• Flights to and from Karachi will continue to operate to schedule.

Djibouti: Following a directive from the authorities in Djibouti, flydubai flights from and to Djibouti have been suspended from 18 March.

Jordan: Following a directive from the authorities in Jordan, flydubai flights from and to Amman have been suspended from 17 March.

Iraq: Following a directive from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), flydubai flights from and to Iraq have been suspended from 17 March.

Lebanon: Following a directive from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), flydubai flights from and to Beirut have been suspended from 17 March.

Turkey: Following a directive from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), flydubai flights from and to Istanbul have been suspended from 17 March.

Azerbaijan: Following a directive from the authorities in Azerbaijan, flydubai flights from and to Baku have been suspended from 18 March.

India: Following a directive from the authorities in India, flydubai flights to and from India will be cancelled between 17 and 31 March.

Ukraine: Following a directive from the authorities in Ukraine, flydubai flights from and to Ukraine have been suspended from 17 March.

Egypt: Following a directive from the authorities in Egypt, flydubai flights to and from Alexandria will be cancelled between 19 and 31 March.

Sudan: Following a directive from the authorities in Sudan, flydubai flights from and to Sudan have been suspended from 17 March.

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