Dubai’s Emirates airline has suspended flights to Hong Kong for two weeks following a directive from the Asian state.

The flight ban is effective from January 9 and is applicable to travellers bound to Hong Kong. Exempt from the suspension are passengers departing from Hong Kong, including those bound to the neighbouring Bangkok. 

 “As per directive in Hong Kong, customers holding tickets on flight EK 384 with final destination to Hong Kong from 9-22 January 2021, will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin. However, customers travelling to Bangkok as the final destination will be accepted for travel,” the airline said in its latest advisory.

“Customers booked to travel on flight EK 385 from Hong Kong during this period will be accepted for travel,” it added.

The airline did not specify the reason for the suspension of flights. Last December, Hong Kong also imposed a flight suspension on Emirates.

Hong Kong has implemented stricter rules on airlines to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Carriers who are found to have carried more than five passengers who are COVID-19 positive could be banned for two weeks, CNN reported earlier.

(Reporting by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria)

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