Coronavirus: Emirates temporarily suspends all passenger flights
Update March 23, 2020: Emirates has reverted to the decision to suspend all flights starting March 25. Following requests from passengers and the government, Emirates will continue to operate several flights to destinations in United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, USA and Canada. The flights have the role of continuing to support the repatriation of some passengers. Passenger flights will be operated until further notice, as long as the borders are open and there is demand.
March 22, 2020: The world has been quarantined because of the new coronavirus. Under the exhortation of #staiacasa, government authorities have taken drastic measures. Borders were closed, flights were banned, horeca sectors blocked.
One reader said the situation would be really tragic when Emirates suspended flights. Here comes this day. Emirates, one of the largest airline operators in the Middle East and around the world, has announced that it will suspend all passenger flights starting March 25, 2020.
Emirates operates approximately 3600 flights a week to more than 150 destinations worldwide. It is the largest operator of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300 (ER) aircraft in the world. It has a fleet of about 260 aircraft.
Emirates temporarily suspends all flights
According to an operational program presented by routesonline.com, most flights to Europe will be suspended until May / June. And for the other continents, flight resumes vary. It is not excluded that after March 25, Emirates will still operate some special passenger flights.
Emirates SkyCargo will continue to operate the 11 Boeing 777F aircraft. Freight transport is essential in these times. They have the mission to transport the necessary goods to every community, food, including medical equipment. Emirates officials said they are ready to resume operations with passengers as soon as the global situation permits.
Suspension of passenger flights also leads to drastic measures to reduce costs. For 3 months, most employees will have a salary reduced between 25% and 50%. And Sir Tim Clark and Gary Chapman, Emirates presidents and dnata, will not receive salary during this time. At the moment there are no redundancies.