Dubai carrier Emirates reversed Sunday its decision to cancel all passenger flights, shortly after it stated it would pause operations from March 25 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The airline stated it “received requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travelers” and will proceed with operating passenger flights to 13 destinations, down from its standard 159.
Emirates will continue to fly to the U.K., Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, the U.S., and Canada.
The declaration was made hours after a previous assertion stated the provider “will have briefly suspended all its passenger operations” by March 25.
“We continue to observe the situation closely, and as quickly as issues allow, we will reinstate our services,” stated the carrier’s chairman and CEO, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum.
The United Arab Emirates on Friday introduced its first two deaths from the COVID-19 illness, having reported 153 infections so far, of which 38 people have recovered.
Maktoum stated that, until January this year, the Emirates Group was “doing excellent” towards present financial year targets; however, “COVID-19 has introduced all that to a sudden and painful pause over the last six weeks”.
Emirates declared it would cut the basic pay of a majority of staff by between 25 and 50% for three months; however, it won’t pare jobs.