UAE suspends all inbound, outbound and transit flights

Siobháin Spear
Mar 23, 2020

As a precautionary measure, flights will be suspended for a two-week period.

Taking effect within the next 48 hours, the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management and the Civil Aviation Authority have decided to suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE. Flights will be suspended for two weeks as part of the precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

According to WAM, the decision — which is subject to re-assessment — will take effect in 48 hours.

The CAA has released a statement that announces that cargo and emergency evacuation flights would be exempt from the suspension: “Additional examination and isolation arrangements will be taken later should flights resume in order to ensure the safety of passengers, air crews, and airport personnel and their protection from infection risks,” said the statement.

The statement comes just hours after Emirates announced it would be grounding all flights from March 25.

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