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Old 14th Mar 2020, 18:06
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Does anyone know if EK crews are getting stuck downroute when a service has been suspended? Or are they being positioned back to DXB and if so, how? On the aircraft they took? Or is EK sending empty aircraft the next day?
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Old 14th Mar 2020, 20:35
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The UAE is about to announce a shutdown of its airports shortly. Stay tuned...
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Old 14th Mar 2020, 21:05
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Just received news that services between Austria and the following will be suspended
  • Poland
  • Denmark
  • Russia
  • Cyprus
  • Ukraine
  • Kosovo
  • France
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
Italy already having been suspended a couple of days ago (and not much reason to go there unless going home) and mostly no pax to the US, there's not a lot remaining to fly to....

We have just been advised that layovers in Europe will be avoided as far as possible to ensure crews are not caught by travel bans.
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Old 14th Mar 2020, 22:36
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Originally Posted by ClassCbird View Post
Does anyone know if EK crews are getting stuck downroute when a service has been suspended? Or are they being positioned back to DXB and if so, how? On the aircraft they took? Or is EK sending empty aircraft the next day?
The company seems to suspend routes at least a day or two in advance, which allows for some planning.

With the likes of Italy and Poland, the outbound EK crew has deadheaded back on the same aircraft, after operating the outbound sector.
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Old 15th Mar 2020, 15:00
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The UAE is about to announce a shutdown of its airports shortly. Stay tuned...
The airline denies the rumor of the shutdown on Tuesday, March 17:


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Old 15th Mar 2020, 19:25
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Nearly 24 hours since you posted about an imminent shutdown of UAE airports @Airbubba. More fake news or do you have some substance to your comment?
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Old 15th Mar 2020, 20:35
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Hopefully it's fake news.

Originally Posted by The Donne View Post
I’m hearing the same thing. Two week total shut down from Tuesday.
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Old 16th Mar 2020, 08:22
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Always read the fine print

They denied the rumor of shutting down on “March 17th”. They did not deny the possibility altogether just that the originator got the date wrong.
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Old 16th Mar 2020, 12:40
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The flights will not stop with money to be made, unless the destination country stops inbound international flights.
2nd flight to Oz this month and both nearly full, with 12 in 1st. That alone probably covered the flight costs.
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Old 16th Mar 2020, 13:25
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From a link posted on Rumours & News:

Tribune News Network
Doha
From stopping all incoming flights to shutting all public transport services, Qatar announced a series of major announcements on Sunday aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The announcements came after the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani chaired a meeting of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management. All the decisions were taken based on the Amir’s directive.

The measures were announced at a press conference attended by MoFA spokesperson Lolwah al Khater and other officials.

Khater said no incoming flights to Doha will be allowed to touch down in Doha for a period of 14 days from Wednesday evening. The embargo will be reviewed after the two-week period. However, air cargo and transit flights, in addition to any flight with Qatari citizens coming from any destination in the world, will be allowed.

Those coming on such flights will be in quarantine for two weeks.
Covid-19: Qatar stops all incoming flights, shuts all public transport services

From another news report:

Announcing the Amir’s directives at a press conference, Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management HE Lolwah al Khater, said as part of precautionary measures to combat the the virus, all inbound flights to Doha will be suspended from Wednesday (March 18) and all public transport services, including Metro and Karwa buses, will be shut from Sunday 10pm.
Amir orders slew of measures to contain coronavirus spread
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Old 16th Mar 2020, 14:13
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Ok, so it seems the closure is for Qatar and not the UAE.

Dis you get them mixed up? 😬
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Old 16th Mar 2020, 14:42
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Qatar Airways will continue to fly normally. The only restriction is that passengers are not allowed to have Doha as their final destination (except for Qatari Nationals). Only passengers with conecting flights will be accepted and able to transit through Hamad International Airport.
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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 17:33
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Originally Posted by aeropix View Post
They denied the rumor of shutting down on “March 17th”. They did not deny the possibility altogether just that the originator got the date wrong.
You called that one right.
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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 17:58
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Originally Posted by Lepo View Post
Qatar Airways will continue to fly normally. The only restriction is that passengers are not allowed to have Doha as their final destination (except for Qatari Nationals). Only passengers with conecting flights will be accepted and able to transit through Hamad International Airport.
I heard the maids accompanied by mohamed are also allowed...sandpit, what a place....
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Old 23rd Mar 2020, 13:19
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Originally Posted by Airbubba View Post
The UAE is about to announce a shutdown of its airports shortly. Stay tuned...
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Nearly 24 hours since you posted about an imminent shutdown of UAE airports @Airbubba. More fake news or do you have some substance to your comment?
Here's an update on the rumored UAE airport shutdown:

Passenger flights in and out of the UAE will be suspended from Wednesday, March 25, for two weeks, the General Civil Aviation Authority said.

The move is designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by air travel and will primarily affect Dubai International Airport.

“As per the latest UAE government directive, Emirates will temporarily suspend all passenger flights for two weeks from March 25, 2020. These measures are in place for the protection of communities against the spread of Covid-19, and we are in full support,” an Emirates Airline representative told The National.

“We look forward to resuming passenger services as soon as feasible. Affected customers should visit emirates.com for more information on rebooking, or contact their travel agents for assistance.”

Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest airport by international passenger numbers and is also the home of Emirates airline.

Emirates passengers do not need to contact the airline

Emirates’ website advises passengers who had flights booked with the airline for travel within the next two weeks not to contact the airline to cancel bookings.

“You don’t currently need to call us to cancel your booking as we will not charge no-show fees,” the statement on the site states.

“Please, however, complete the travel voucher request form to re-book your flight later.”

The airline will continue to operate freighter flights.
https://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle...untry-1.995963
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This is great decision.
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