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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 14:45
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EK to suspend pax flights.

As from wednesday,all pax flights suspended..
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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 14:52
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About time as well..
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This is what's listed on the website

.Flights have been suspended to the following destinations:
  • Abidjan (via Accra): From 21 March – 20 May
  • Abuja: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Accra: From 21 March – 20 May
  • Adelaide: From 23 March – 20 May
  • Ahmedabad: From 23 March – 28 March
  • Algiers: From 18 March – 20 May
  • Amman: From 17 March – 30 April
  • Athens: From 23 March- 30 June
  • Auckland (via Bali): From 29 March – 30 June
  • Auckland: From 29 March – 30 June
  • Baghdad: From 17 March – 30 April
  • Bahrain: From 29 March – 30 June
  • Bali: From 29 March – 30 June
  • Bangkok: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Bangkok–Hong Kong: From 9 March – 20 May
  • Barcelona: From 20 March - 20 May
  • Basra: From 17 March – 30 April
  • Beijing: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Beirut: From 17 March – 30 April
  • Bengaluru: From 23 March – 28 March
  • Bologna: From 13 March – 20 May
  • Brisbane: From 29 March – 30 June
  • Brussels: From 26 March – 30 June
  • Budapest: From 13 March – 20 May
  • Buenos Aires (via Rio de Janeiro): From 25 March – 20 May
  • Cairo: From 19 March – 30 June
  • Casablanca: From 16 March – 30 June
  • Cebu/Clark: From 29 March- 30 June
  • Chennai: From 22 March – 28 March
  • Chicago: From 27 March – 30 June
  • Christchurch (via Sydney): From 29 March – 30 June
  • Cochin: From 23 March – 30 June
  • Colombo (via Male): From 23 March – 30 June
  • Conakry: From 22 March – 19 May
  • Dakar (via Conakry): From 22 March – 19 May
  • Dammam: From 09 March – 30 April
  • Delhi: From 22 March – 28 March
  • Dhaka: From 22 March- 31 March
  • Dubai–Bangkok: From 23 March until further notice, passengers can only travel from Bangkok to Dubai as directed by Thai authorities.
  • Dubai–Colombo: From 19 March – 25 March. During this time, passengers can only travel from Colombo to Dubai as directed by Sri Lankan authorities.
  • Dubai–Hanoi: From 18 March – 22 March. During this time, passengers can only travel from Hanoi to Dubai as directed by Vietnamese authorities.
  • Dubai–Ho Chi Minh: From 18 March – 24 March. During this time, passengers can only travel from Ho Chi Minh to Dubai as directed by Vietnamese authorities.
  • Dubai–Mauritius: From 20 March – 2 April. During this time, passengers can only travel from Mauritius to Dubai as directed by Mauritian authorities.
  • Dubai–Phuket: From 23 March until further notice, passengers can only travel from Phuket to Dubai as directed by Thai authorities.
  • Durban: From 24 March – 20 May
  • Dusseldorf: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Edinburgh: From 25 March – 30 June
  • Entebbe: From 23 March – 23 April
  • Fort Lauderdale: From 13 March – 30 June
  • Frankfurt: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Geneva: From 23 March – 30 June
  • Guangzhou: From 05 February – 30 April
  • Hamburg: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Hanoi: From 23 March – 30 June
  • Harare (via Lusaka): From 20 March – 20 May
  • Ho Chi Minh: From 25 March – 30 June
  • Houston: From 27 March – 30 June
  • Hyderabad: From 22 March – 28 March
  • Islamabad: From 22 March – until further notice
  • Istanbul (IST): From 17 March – 20 May
  • Istanbul (SAW): From 17 March – 20 May
  • Jeddah: From 16 March – 30 April
  • Kabul: From 26 March – 30 June
  • Karachi: From 22 March – until further notice
  • Khartoum: From 18 March – 20 May
  • Kolkata: From 23 March – 28 March
  • Kuwait City: From 14 March – 30 April
  • Lagos: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Larnaca: From 17 March – 20 May
  • Lahore: From 22 March – until further notice
  • Lisbon: From 19 March – 30 April
  • London Stansted: From 25 March – 30 June
  • Luanda: From 22 March – 20 May
  • Lusaka: From 20 March – 20 May
  • Lyon: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Madrid: From 18 March – 20 May
  • Malta (via Larnaca): From 17 March – 20 May
  • Mauritius: 25 March – 30 June
  • Medina: From 05 March – 30 April
  • Melbourne (via Singapore): From 23 March – 20 May
  • Melbourne: From 29 March – 30 June
  • Mexico City (via Barcelona): From 20 March – 20 May
  • Milan: From 15 March – 20 May
  • Moscow: From 30 March – 30 June
  • Mumbai: From 22 March – 28 March
  • Munich: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Muscat: From 22 March – 05 April
  • New York EWR (via Athens): From 13 March – 20 May
  • New York EWR: From 24 March – until further notice
  • New York JFK (via Milan): From 11 March – 20 May
  • New York JFK: From 24 March – until further notice
  • Newcastle: From 25 March – 30 June
  • Nice: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Orlando: From 24 March – 30 June
  • Osaka: From 26 March – 30 June
  • Oslo: From 28 March – 30 June
  • Paris: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Peshawar: From 22 March – until further notice
  • Phnom Penh (via Bangkok): From 29 March – 30 June
  • Phuket: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Porto: From 17 March – 20 May
  • Prague: From 25 March – 30 June
  • Rio de Janeiro: From 25 March – 20 May
  • Riyadh: From 16 March – 30 April
  • Rome: From 15 March – 20 May
  • Saint Petersburg: From 30 March – 30 June
  • San Francisco: 29 March – 30 June
  • Santiago (via Rio de Janeiro): From 25 March – 20 May
  • Seattle: From 26 March – 30 June
  • Shanghai: From 05 February – 30 April
  • Sialkot: From 22 March – until further notice
  • Stockholm: From 26 March – 30 June
  • Taipei: From 16 March – 20 May
  • Tehran: From 26 February – 30 April
  • Trivandrum: From 22 March – 28 March
  • Tunis: From 18 March – 20 May
  • Venice: From 12 March – 20 May
  • Vienna: From 23 March – 30 June
  • Warsaw: From 15 March – 20 May


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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 15:25
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Latest announcement.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...virus-12565320

DUBAI: Emirates announced on Sunday (Mar 22) that it will “temporarily suspend" all its passenger operations from Wednesday in light of the COVID-19 outbreak that has forced countries to close their borders.

“Until January 2020, the Emirates Group was doing well against our current financial year targets. But COVID-19 has brought all that to a sudden and painful halt over the past six weeks,” the chairman and CEO of the Emirates Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said.

"As a global network airline, we find ourselves in a situation where we cannot viably operate passenger services until countries re-open their borders, and travel confidence returns.

“We continue to watch the situation closely, and as soon as things allow, we will reinstate our services.”

Cargo flights will still operate as normal, he said.

“These are unprecedented times for the airline and travel industry, but we will get through it. Our business is taking a hit, but what matters in the long run is that we do the right thing for our customers, our employees, and the communities we serve," the CEO added.
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Is this real or fake news

Emirates web sites in both London and Bangkok do not show this at 1440 Gmt 22/3, likewise friends with tickets from BKK- LDN STN have had no notification of this. Internet searches from London do not at this time validate this. I can see the CNA from the link?
Please provide a EMIRATES web site link that confirms this report.
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OK Now found notification. @1520gmt

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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 15:52
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https://www.emirates.com/media-centr...e-to-covid-19/

"Emirates retains cargo operations, but temporarily suspends passenger operations by 25 March"
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Should EK even be allowed to fly to London -with their huge transit business they are surely very prone to carrying infection globally
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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 15:59
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Originally Posted by pax britanica View Post
Should EK even be allowed to fly to London -with their huge transit business they are surely very prone to carrying infection globally
That horse has bolted !

The UK could well be a NET exporter of COVID-19 , however the world NEEDS to continue to move pallets including Metric Sh*T tonnes (pardon the Anglo Saxon) of vital medical supplies , IT equipment and support equipment .

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Originally Posted by pax britanica View Post
Should EK even be allowed to fly to London -with their huge transit business they are surely very prone to carrying infection globally
That horse has bolted !

The UK could well be a NET exporter of COVID-19 , however the world NEEDS to continue to move pallets including Metric Sh*T tonnes (pardon the Anglo Saxon) of vital medical supplies , IT equipment and support equipment .

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No surprise here. Just perplexed by the various "end date" mentioned (when any). Can't really see the pattern.
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At least EK are just slashing pay rather than laying people off. A 50% wage cut is better than no job at all.
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The webpage noted in post 6 directs to an invalid web page
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The webpage noted in post 6 directs to an invalid web page
Here's an updated link:

https://www.emirates.com/media-centr...id-19-updated/

Text of the media release in case the link breaks again:

UPDATED AS OF 7:30 PM DUBAI TIME
  • Emirates retains cargo operations, but temporarily suspends most passenger operations by 25 March
  • dnata significantly reduces operations, including temporary closure of operations at some international locations where demand is low
  • Group implements basic salary reduction for majority of employees for three months, will not cut jobs
  • Supports government measures to safeguard community health
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 22 March 2020 – Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Emirates and dnata have been adapting operations in line with regulatory directives as well as travel demand.

The airline has aimed to maintain passenger flights for as long as feasible to help travellers return home amidst an increasing number of travel bans, restrictions, and country lockdowns across the world. It continues to maintain vital international air cargo links for economies and communities, deploying its fleet of 777 freighters for the transport of essential goods including medical supplies across the world.

With many of its airline customers dramatically reducing flights or ceasing services altogether, dnata has also significantly reduced its operations, including temporarily shutting some offices across its international network.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group said: “The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is an unprecedented crisis situation in terms of breadth and scale: geographically, as well as from a health, social, and economic standpoint. Until January 2020, the Emirates Group was doing well against our current financial year targets. But COVID-19 has brought all that to a sudden and painful halt over the past 6 weeks.

“As a global network airline, we find ourselves in a situation where we cannot viably operate passenger services until countries re-open their borders, and travel confidence returns. By Wednesday 25 March, although we will still operate cargo flights which remain busy, Emirates will have temporarily suspended most of its passenger operations. We continue to watch the situation closely, and as soon as things allow, we will reinstate our services."

Having received requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travellers, Emirates will continue to operate passenger and cargo flights to the following countries until further notice, as long as borders remain open, and there is demand: the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, USA, and Canada. The situation remains dynamic, and travellers can check flight status on emirates.com.

Sheikh Ahmed added: “Emirates Group has a strong balance sheet, and substantial cash liquidity, and we can, and will, with appropriate and timely action, survive through a prolonged period of reduced flight schedules, so that we are adequately prepared for the return to normality.”

Cost reduction measures

The Emirates Group has undertaken a series of measures to contain costs, as the outlook for travel demand remains weak across markets in the short to medium term. This includes:
  • Postponing or cancelling discretionary expenditure
  • A freeze on all non-essential recruitment and consultancy work
  • Working with suppliers to find cost savings and efficiency
  • Encouraging employees to take paid or unpaid leave in light of reduced flying capacity
  • A temporary reduction of basic salary for the majority of Emirates Group employees for three months, ranging from 25% to 50%. Employees will continue to be paid their other allowances during this time. Junior level employees will be exempt from basic salary reduction
  • Presidents of Emirates and dnata – Sir Tim Clark and Gary Chapman – will take a 100% basic salary cut for three months
On the decision to reduce basic salary, Sheikh Ahmed said: “Rather than ask employees to leave the business, we chose to implement a temporary basic salary cut as we want to protect our workforce and keep our talented and skilled people, as much as possible. We want to avoid cutting jobs. When demand picks up again, we also want to be able to quickly ramp up and resume services for our customers.”

The Emirates Group has strong liquidity, with a healthy cash position but it is prudent that it take steps to reduce costs at this time. Emirates remains committed to serving its markets and looks forward to resuming a normal flight schedule as soon as that is permitted by the relevant authorities.

Safeguarding customers, employees, and communities

Emirates Group closely monitors the situation and keeps in regular contact with all relevant authorities, so that it can implement the latest guidance to keep travellers and its employees safe and healthy.

The company has strongly discouraged its employees from non-essential travel, implemented work from home policies for all employees where operationally feasible, enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols at its facilities, introduced temperature screening at its key office entry points, and launched internal educational campaigns on hand hygiene and health practices to reduce risk of COVID-19.

Over the past weeks, the airline has also implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures on all of its aircraft departing Dubai as a precaution, and worked closely with airports to implement screening measures as required by the local authorities.

Frontline employees such as crew and airport teams have also been provided with support to stay safe while on duty, including providing hand sanitizers and masks where required.

The Emirates Group fully supports all initiatives to safeguard the health of communities in every market where it operates, including the UAE’s national COVID-19 response.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “These are unprecedented times for the airline and travel industry, but we will get through it. Our business is taking a hit, but what matters in the long run is that we do the right thing for our customers, our employees, and the communities we serve. With the support and unity that we have seen from our employees, partners, customers, and other stakeholders, I’m confident that Emirates can tackle this challenge and come out stronger.”

Valerie Tan

Emirates Public Relations

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Hopefully EK will look after their crew! I’m not holding my breath.
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Hopefully EK will look after their crew! I’m not holding my breath.
3 months on 50% basic pay - after that to be determined.
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its travelling demand that killed their desire to operate any further, not the medical reasons (stop spreading the virus). Capitalism at its best
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its travelling demand that killed their desire to operate any further, not the medical reasons (stop spreading the virus). Capitalism at its best
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Revised

According to a story posted at CNBC, Emirates has revised this:

CNBC story on Emirates revision

Originally Posted by CNBC quoting Emirates
“Having receiving requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travellers, Emirates will continue to operate passenger and cargo flights to the following countries until further notice, as long as borders remain open, and there is demand: the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Australia, South Africa, USA, and Canada,” a company statement said Sunday.

“The situation remains dynamic, and travellers can check flight status on emirates.com.”

The company added South Korea to that list shortly after issuing the statement.
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An interesting change.
The state-owned carrier said it will keep flying to the U.S., the U.K., Japan, Australia and Canada, among a few other select destinations. The company had just hours earlier announced a suspension of all passenger flights, but said it reversed that decision after receiving requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travellers. Story link: https://globalnews.ca/news/6715444/e...t-coronavirus/
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