|26 February, 2020

Budget airline Flydubai suspends flights to Bahrain amid coronavirus fears

Airline assures it will assist affected passengers

A Boeing 737 MAX aircraft bearing the logo of flydubai is parked at a Boeing production facility in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 11, 2019. Image used for illustrative purpose.

A Boeing 737 MAX aircraft bearing the logo of flydubai is parked at a Boeing production facility in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 11, 2019. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Budget carrier flydubai has suspended airline services between Bahrain and Dubai following a directive from Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) to cancel all flights to and from Dubai and Sharjah airports on coronavirus concerns.

The cancellation, which started on February 25, is expected to last until February 27, a spokesperson for the airline told Zawya on Wednesday.

“flydubai flights to and from Bahrain have been cancelled. Passengers who have booked to travel to Bahrain and would like to talk to us about their journey, can call our contact centre,” the airline said.

The airline also stated that it continues to monitor the situation relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) closely and ensures that the directives issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the local health authorities, are followed.

“We will continue to work closely with our airport and airline partners to ensure that all safety measures are in place and in line with international standards,” it added.

Bahrain’s CAA ordered on Tuesday the temporary suspension of flights for at least 48 hours. The small island nation confirmed on Tuesday at least six more new coronavirus cases, all coming from Iran. This brings the total number of infected individuals in the Gulf state to 23.

At least 15 flights operate between Bahrain and the world’s busiest airports a day. Earlier, Emirates said it had cancelled its services between the two destinations effective February 25 and February 26, following the announcement of the CAA’s temporary suspension.

(Reporting by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria)

Cleofe.Maceda@refinitiv.com

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