By Bernd Debusmann Jr
On February 5, the UAE suspended flights to mainland China, cutting off the UAE's air links with the country
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has suspended flights to Hong Kong until March 28 because of a fall in demand amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the airline said on Wednesday.
In a statement, Etihad said that flights had been suspended from February 21.
On February 5, the UAE suspended flights to mainland China, cutting off the UAE’s air links with the country.
At the time, UAE authorities noted that the suspension did not apply to flights to Hong Kong.
Earlier this week, the UAE banned flights to all Iran for a seven—day period.
The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority added that the flight suspensions could be extended in the future.
“The decision is a precautionary measure undertaken by the UAE to ensure strict monitoring and prevention of the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19,” the authority said.
Similarly, on Monday, Bahrain temporarily banned flights to and from Dubai and Sharjah. Kuwait also stopped flights to Iran, South Korea, Thailand, Italy and Iraq.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.