By Gavin Gibbon
The Dubai-based carrier has been forced to ground more than 20 Airbus A380 planes as a result of low demand for travel, reports
Emirates airline will suspend flights to 30 destinations across the world from from Tuesday this week, as the coronavirus restrictions start to have a greater impact on its operations.
In February the company announced it was suspending all flights to China, except to Beijing. While earlier this month, Emirates called a halt to a range of services across the Middle East, Asia, America and Europe, including Hong Kong, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, New York (via Milan and Athens) and Poland.
From Tuesday a number of other destinations will be added, including Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Cyprus, Malta (via Larnaca) and Portugal.
A spokesperson for the airline said: “We have implemented fee waivers for changes to bookings made on or before March 31, 2020, and are offering bonus tier miles and reduced tier travel requirement to help Skywards members retain their status.”
Emirates is offering refunds and rebooking for customers impacted, who were ticketed to travel until May 31. Rebooking will be allowed until June 30, as will re-routing to select destinations. Travel vouchers are available to the value of the tickets or a full refund will be given.
Flights have been suspended to the following destinations:
Amman: From 17 March to 31 March
Baghdad: From 17 March to 31 March
Bangkok- Hong Kong: From 9 March – 31 March
Basra: From 17 March to 31 March
Beirut: From 17 March to 31 March
Bologna: From 13 March – 03 April
Casablanca: From 16 March - 31 March
Dammam: From 09 March until further notice
Fort Lauderdale: 13 to 31 March
Guangzhou: From 05 February until further notice
Istanbul (IST): From 17 March - 31 March
Istanbul (SAW): From 17 March - 31 March
Jeddah: From 09 March until further notice
Kuwait City: From 14 March to 31 March
Larnaca: From 17 March- 31 March
Malta (via Larnaca): From 17 March- 31 March
Medina: From 09 March until further notice
Milan: From 13 March – 03 April
New York JFK – Milan: 11 March to 12 April
New York EWR – Athens: 13 March to 12 April
Peshawar: From 15 March to 31 March, flights to/from Peshawar will be rerouted through Islamabad. Affected customers will need to make their own way to rerouted airports and will receive an email with their rebooking details.
Porto: From 17 March- 31 March
Riyadh: From 09 March until 31 March
Rome: From 14 March – 03 April
Shanghai: From 05 February until further notice
Sialkot: From 15 March to 31 March, flights to/from Sialkot will be re-routed through Lahore. Affected customers will need to make their own way to rerouted airports and will receive an email with their rebooking details.
Taipei: From 16 March until further notice
Tehran: From 26 February until further notice
Venice: From 12 March - 03 April
Warsaw: From 15 March - 28 March
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