- Emirates will apparently continue to operate cargo and passenger flights to a few countries until further notice, based on border and demand accessibility.
The Dubai-based airline company Emirates Group is suspending “most” passenger flights amidst coronavirus outbreak as of March 25. The decision did not come before the company initially said that it would suspend all passenger flights. The company backtracked and stated it would continue operating passenger flights to 13 destinations, including the U.S., Australia, the UK, Japan and Canada.
As per sources familiar with the knowledge of the matter, the airline is reported to have said in a statement that they received requests from governments and customers to underpin repatriation of travelers. In light of it, Emirates will continue to operate cargo and passenger flights to a few countries until further notice, based on border and demand accessibility.
Akin to its competitors, the airline is expected to continue its cargo operations. It is worth noting that passenger flights will operate to South Korea, the UK, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Australia, the U.S. and Canada. Notably, Emirates operates flights to 161 cities in over 85 countries.
Airlines globally are grappling with a huge loss of business as demand for air travel dips amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. The United States announced a few days ago that they were reducing its international flights by around 95% for April, with only 6 international flights on their schedule through May. Besides, Delta and American are also following the suit.
Emirates has taken the much-needed steps to safeguard the health of employees who have to continue coming to the office, such as improved cleaning on its planes and at its facilities, temperature screening at office entry points, and offering masks and hand sanitizers to front line employees.