The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster
Management Authority together with the General Civil Aviation
Authority (GCAA) in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab
Emirates (UAE), is to suspend all inbound,
outbound, and transit passenger flights in the UAE.
The decision has been made in an attempt to help limit the
spread of the COVID19 novel coronavirus.
The suspension of flights to and from airports in
the UAE will commence at 23:59 (UAE local time) on Wednesday, 25
March 2020, and will last for an initial 14 days, subject to
further directives by the relevant authorities.
Cargo and emergency evacuation flights are
exempt and can continue as scheduled.
The decision affects every airline in the UAE
including: Air Arabia, Emirates, Etihad Airways and FlyDubai, as
well as the many different charter airlines.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer,
Etihad Aviation Group, said, “These are unprecedented times and
unprecedented decisions are being made by governments, authorities
and companies, including Etihad, to contain the spread of the
coronavirus and to help minimise its effects around the world. We
stand with our loyal customers, who are having to endure
disruption and inconvenience to their travel and their daily
lives, and we dedicate all our efforts and resources to ensuring
we do all we can to assist them with their travel planning during
this challenging period. As the national airline, we stand in full
support of the UAE government’s decision, and are confident that
we’re well prepared to weather the commercial and operational
impact this suspension will have on our services.”
The UAE is made up of the following seven
Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah,
Sharjah and Umm al Quwain. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE.
Etihad suspended transit through Abu Dhabi International Airport
at 22:00 (Abu Dhabi time) on Monday, 23 March. Any passengers
booked on connecting flights via Abu Dhabi to anywhere else on the
Etihad network will not be permitted to travel. Etihad says it is
“attempting to contact these guests to advise them of the