Etihad Airways has announced that it will temporarily halt all flights to, from, and via Abu Dhabi following a directive from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to fight the spread of coronavirus.
The suspension of flights to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport will commence at 23:59 UAE local time (19:59 GMT) on Wednesday 25 March and will last for an initial 14 days.
In a statement on its website, the airline said:
“This decision has been made to help contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and to protect the UAE, its nationals, residents and visitors, as well as all passengers connecting in Abu Dhabi with onward flights.
Flights by all airlines to, from and via Abu Dhabi will remain suspended until further notice from UAE regulatory authorities.
“Cargo and emergency evacuation flights are exempt from this suspension and will continue.
“We understand and regret the disruption this decision will cause to your travel plans.”
The airline also said that many Etihad flights will continue to operate until Wednesday.
Posting on Twitter, Etihad tweeted: “Over the next 48 hours, we will continue to operate as many flights as possible in order to bring families back together. As always, we will continue to support the needs of our guests while their travel plans are put on hold.”
Guests will be notified if their flights are cancelled or changed prior to the suspension of services. However, before proceeding to the airport, all guests should still check the status of their flights, using Etihad’s Flight Tracker, advised the airline.
Visit etihad.com/en/travel-updates/covid-19 for the latest Etihad travel updates. Visit gov.uk for the latest coronavirus travel advice.