UAE brings flight suspension date forward

The suspensions have been put in place for two weeks and are subject to further directives from the relevant authorities.

On March 23, the UAE announced that all flights would be suspended within 48 hours; however, the suspension was brought forward in a directive issued by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

The statement noted that this decision has been made in order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and to protect citizens, residents, and international travellers. The suspension applies to all inbound, outbound and transit passenger flights. Aircrafts that were outside the UAE on March 24 were directed to continue, with the final arrival on Wednesday, March 25, carrying passengers permitted to enter the UAE under current government imposed restrictions.

Following on from the directive, Etihad Airways issued a statement saying that the airline will suspend all departures from Abu Dhabi International Airport immediately for an initial 14 days, subject to further directives by the relevant authorities.

“We deeply regret any inconvenience and disruption this will cause our customers during this challenging period. Our teams will continue to make every effort to assist its customers and to advise them of their options,” the UAE airline noted.

Etihad Airways affirmed that it continues to follow UAE and international government and regulatory authority directives and is applying a contingency plan to assist affected customers. The airline said that it will announce the resumption of services through its usual channels once restrictions are lifted.

The airline has urged any passengers scheduled to fly before tomorrow, March 26, to take advice directly from the airline by reviewing the latest travel information and updates.

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