Dubai flights to remain suspended until next month, says flydubai

Budget carrier says suspension is in compliance with updated GCAA directive

  
Medicines,medical equipment & perishable items are of top priority for flydubai, which has dedicated 6 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s to operate as all-cargo flights to ensure the flow of vital goods & support extensive government & private sector efforts. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle.

Medicines,medical equipment & perishable items are of top priority for flydubai, which has dedicated 6 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s to operate as all-cargo flights to ensure the flow of vital goods & support extensive government & private sector efforts. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle.

Budget carrier flydubai has announced that its passenger services will remain suspended until June 4, 2020 as part of the precautionary measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The Dubai-based airline said the suspension is in accordance with the updated directive from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

The airline, as well as Emirates and Etihad, has cancelled all flights, with the exception of a few repatriation services, following the directive issued by the GCAA on March 24, 2020.

The GCAA confirmed on May 7 that the travel ban is still in place. “All passenger carrying flights operate for repatriation purposes only,” the authority said.

Emirates and Etihad have yet to confirm when they will resume normal operations although both carriers have recently announced incoming flights from select destinations, primarily to fly in stranded expatriates abroad.

Since May 9, the Abu Dhabi-based airline has opened bookings for incoming flights from London Heathrow, Melbourne, Seoul Incheon, Singapore, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt,Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Toronto and Tokyo Narita.

Emirates has also operated limited passenger flights to carry travelers from select destinations back to the UAE. Current destinations for return flights include Frankfurt and London Heathrow. 

“COVID-19 flight and travel restrictions remain in place across many countries around the world. We are closely monitoring the situation as it evolves, and we hope to resume services as soon as conditions allow,” Emirates said in a statement.

Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), had said that airlines won’t be able to resume full passenger operations before the end of the year.

“What we have in mind is for the industry to resume operations gradually, step by step… We don’t expect to return to full operations before the end of this year,” Juniac said during a media briefing.

The near-halt to passenger operations due to the coronavirus pandemic has left airlines around the world struggling for survival. Revenue losses for the carriers are estimated to be around $314 billion, according to IATA.

(Writing by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Mily Chakrabarty)

Cleofe.Maceda@refinitiv.com

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