Emirates cuts 65pc of flights amid coronavirus pandemic

- A Monitor Desk Report 22 Mar, 2020 | 959 Views|-+
Dhaka: Dubai based carrier Emirates is suspending 65 per cent of flights to 104 destinations in its global network including New York, Delhi and Melbourne as the coronavirus pandemic severely hits travel demand.

The airline posted an updated list on its website on March 21 which also included previously announced affected routes.

As of December 2019, the carrier flew to 159 international destinations from its Dubai hub.

Emirates is also suspending flights to Mumbai, Paris and Rio de Janeiro, among others.

Airlines around the world have canceled hundreds of flights due to the deadly virus outbreak which has killed more than 9,000 globally. The United Arab Emirates has recorded 153 cases and two deaths so far.

Some countries are virtually in lock down as governments try to stop the spread of the virus. Many countries are imposing tight entry requirements, including banning foreigners from entering and some have suspended flights.

Emirates is encouraging staff to take unpaid leave and has frozen recruitment, warning employees the epidemic could be the biggest challenge it has faced in many years.

Many airlines worldwide said they might not survive the crisis and also warned the industry might not stay afloat without state aid if the pandemic persists.

Global industry body IATA is urging Middle East governments to support their airlines, warning that carriers in the region are facing a liquidity crisis putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk.

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