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Africa: Emirates keeps Nigerian flights open as it suspends 55 other destinations

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Emirates has suspended services to 55 destinations across its network in a bid to comply with travel restrictions introduced to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by air travel.

The latest destinations to be suspended include Adelaide, Mauritius, Colombo and Rio de Janeiro.

The restrictions were added to a growing list of cancelled services that also includes Tunis, Cairo, Algiers, Madrid, Barcelona and Mexico City.

Emirates flies to 145 destinations around the world. The latest cuts mean the airline has suspended services to more than a third of its network.

The airline is also rerouting flights to select destinations in Pakistan. Until Tuesday, March 31, flights to and from Peshawar and Sialkot will be directed through Islamabad. Affected passengers must make their own way to the rerouted airports.

Emirates had previously cut services to select destinations in the US amid the announcement of travel restrictions by US President Donald Trump. These flight restrictions have affected Emirates’s fifth freedom routes.

A presidential proclamation issued after Trump’s address said the president’s ban would apply to the 26 Schengen Area countries. This was then extended to include Ireland and the UK. The restrictions apply to all foreign nationals who have been in the area in the last 14 days.

Emirates subsequently suspended flights from New York to Milan until Thursday, April 3. From Friday, March 13, the Dubai airline will also stop flights from New York to Athens. Flights from Dubai to Florida’s Fort Lauderdale are cancelled from Friday, March 13 until Tuesday, March 31.

Flights to Kuwait cancelled
The announcement regarding the US flights comes after the airline also suspended flights to Italy and Kuwait.

Emirates flights to Kuwait were suspended on Saturday, March 14 and will be grounded until Tuesday, March 31 after the Gulf country announced it was closing to commercial flights.

Kuwait is currently having a public holiday period lasting two weeks. The move is set to help control the spread of the disease caused by coronavirus.

Emirates drop Italy flights and Rome airport to close
Emirates is also one of several airlines reducing or suspending flights to Italy after the country announced emergency travel restrictions across the country to help contain the spread of Covid-19.

From the UAE, Emirates suspended its daily flight to Venice. The Dubai airline has also suspended flights from Dubai to Milan and Bologna.

Flights from Dubai to Rome have been cut, after initially being reduced.

Passengers affected by the changes are advised to contact their booking agent or Emirates to make alternative arrangements.

Several other airlines have also cancelled flights to Italy. Authorities will shut down Rome’s Ciampino airport on Friday and will close a terminal at the city’s Fiumicino airport.

British Airways earlier cancelled all flights to and from destinations in its network across Italy. Norwegian Air has temporarily halted flights to the country as have Ryanair, American Airlines and Delta.

With Italy facing emergency measures across the country, travellers are still allowed to fly in and out of Italian airports, but will have to justify their movements and submit a self-declaration travel form at boarding gates when departing.

All Emirates destinations affected by flight suspensions
• Abidjan (via Accra): From March 21 – May 20
• Accra: From March 20 – May 21
• Algiers: Until May 20
• Cairo: Until March 31
• Casablanca: Until March 31
• Conakry: From March 22 – May 19
• Dakar (via Conakry): From March 22 – May 19
• Harare (via Lusaka): From March 20 – May 20
• Khartoum: Until May 20
• Lusaka: From March 20- May 20
• Luanda: From March 24 – May 19
• Tunis: Until May 20
• Dubai- Mauritius: From March 20 – April 2.

• Buenos Aires (via Rio de Janeiro): From March 25 – May 20
• Fort Lauderdale: Until May 19
• Mexico City (via Barcelona): From March 20 – May 20
• New York JFK – Milan: Until May 20
• New York EWR – Athens: Until May 20
• Rio de Janeiro: From March 25 – May 20
• Santiago (via Rio de Janeiro): From March 25 – May 20

• Peshawar: rerouted to Islamabad: Until March 31
• Sialkot: rerouted to Islamabad: Until March 31
• Dubai – Colombo: Until March 25
• Dubai- Hanoi: Until further notice.
• Dubai- Ho Chi Minh: Until further notice.
• Bangkok- Hong Kong: Until May 20
• Guangzhou: Until April 30
• Shanghai: Until April 30
• Taipei: Until May 20

• Adelaide: From March 23 – May 20

• Barcelona: From March 20 – May 20
• Bologna: Until May 20
• Budapest: From March 25 – May 20
• Geneva: From March 27 – May 20
• Istanbul (IST): Until April 3
• Istanbul (SAW): Until March 31
• Larnaca: Until May 20
• Lisbon: Until April 15
• Madrid: Until May 20
• Malta (via Larnaca): Until 20 May
• Milan: Until May 20
• Porto: Until May 19
• Rome: Until May 20
• Venice: Until May 20
• Warsaw: Until May 20

Middle East
• Amman: Until April 30
• Baghdad: Until April 30
• Basra: Until March 31
• Beirut: Until April 30
• Dammam: Until further notice
• Jeddah: Until further notice
• Kuwait City: Until March 31
• Medina: Until further notice
• Riyadh: Until March 31
• Tehran: Until further notice

Source: thenational.ae

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