Emirates and Etihad will ground all flights for the time being with immediate effect. The only aircraft allowed to commence a journey will be those currently outside of the United Arab Emirates. The news comes as governments across the globe are enacting sweeping travel restrictions.
The UAE’s flight ban had been due to commence tomorrow, however, the government of the United Arab Emirates has brought this ban forward. It is now in effect immediately. No flights will be allowed to leave the country. Only UAE aircraft returning to the country will be permitted to land.
Travel Update: The UAE Government has made the decision to bring forward the date of suspension for all inbound, outbound, and transit flights to Abu Dhabi. Per this directive, Etihad will be temporarily suspending all flights departing Abu Dhabi effective immediately. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/Ig1TABXbDZ
— Etihad (@etihad) March 24, 2020
The flight ban enacted by the UAE government will initially last for a period of 14-days. Depending on how the global coronacrisis continues, the situation could be extended. Yesterday we reported the details of the new rules and policies:
- This travel ban will prevent citizens from leaving the country;
- The passenger flight ban will take effect in 48 hours (March 25) and be in place for two weeks;
- There will be exemptions for