Emirates temporarily suspended its flights from Pakistan after 26 passengers flying to Hong Kong via Dubai were tested positive for coronavirus.
A spokesperson for the airline said in a press release, “We regret to temporarily suspend passenger services from Pakistan, from 24 June 04:00 Pakistan LT, until early next week.”
However, it was made clear that repatriation flights (special flights arranged by the government to bring its citizens home) will continue to operate as per announced schedule. In addition to this, the cargo services that support the trade and movement of goods between Pakistan, UAE and the global network would face no interruption.
The press release added, “We remain in contact with the relevant authorities on requirements to resume services for travelers, and look forward to operating our flights again soon. Affected customers will be contacted directly by our service team.”
The spokesperson said that the decision was deemed necessary as health and safety of the airline’s crew, customers and communities remained its top priority.
It was mentioned that the airline has “a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey on the ground and in the air, to minimize the risk of infection spread.”
The management of Emirates apologized to the customers in Pakistan and extended full support as it suspended flights in the wake of the COVID19 situation in the country.
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