By Tamara Pupic
Travel agencies report no drop off in travel to the French capital
The UAE embassy in Paris has warned Emiratis to avoid travelling to the French capital due to the insecure situation there.
The UAE embassy in Paris said on Twitter that the city was in a state of emergency and that French Police were “searching cars and individuals” and raiding properties, following a siege on Wednesday. The police raided a flat suspected to be housing people behind the deadly attack on Friday.
“French police are arresting anyone resisting the state security procedure and the situation is still cautious,” the embassy tweeted. “We advise our citizens not to travel to Paris until the situation has become stable and secure.”
Local travel agencies, however, haven’t recorded major cancellations after last week’s incidents in Paris. The impact on future bookings remains to be seen.
“We have had a few calls from concerned clients enquiring about the flight schedule but so far we have not seen any cancellations. May be some passengers could have postponed their trip,” a staff at Air France / KLM told Emirates 24/7.
“We have not had any cancellations of flights to France from the UAE. There have been some delays but we are coordinating with passengers,” he added.
Air travel to Paris has been seriously affected in the week since the attack, amid fears that more security threats could damage the airline industry. On Tuesday, two Air France flights bound for Paris from the United States were diverted for several hours on following anonymous bomb threats.