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In pictures: How will Covid-19 impact the Middle East aviation sector?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said a total of 16,000 passenger flights have been cancelled in the Middle East since the end of January as the outbreak of coronavirus has left the regional aviation industry reeling.

In pictures: How will Covid-19 impact the Middle East aviation sector?

The aviation industry in the Gulf region is bracing for a $7bn financial hit and the loss of up to nearly 347,000 jobs due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

In pictures: How will Covid-19 impact the Middle East aviation sector?

Bahrain: The disruptions could result in 1.1 million loss in passenger volumes and $204m loss in revenue, with about 5,100 jobs at risk.

In pictures: How will Covid-19 impact the Middle East aviation sector?

Kuwait: The disruptions could result in 2.9 million loss in passenger volumes, $547m loss in base revenues and over 19,800 jobs at risk.

In pictures: How will Covid-19 impact the Middle East aviation sector?

Oman: The disruptions could result in 2 million loss in passenger volumes and $328m loss in base revenues and put about 36,700 jobs at risk.

In pictures: How will Covid-19 impact the Middle East aviation sector?

Saudi Arabia: The disruptions could result in 15.7 million loss in passenger volumes and $3.1bn loss in base revenues and put at risk over 140,300 jobs in the country.

In pictures: How will Covid-19 impact the Middle East aviation sector?

United Arab Emirates: The disruptions could result in 13.6 million loss in passenger volumes and $2.8bn loss in base revenues and put at risk over 163,000 jobs.