Emirates has reversed its decision to suspend all passenger flights just hours after announcing that they would suspend operations effective March 25 amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The Airline administration revealed the they had received requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travelers” and will continue to operate passenger flights to 13 destinations, down from its usual 159.
Emirates will continue flying to some of the Countries that are considered high risk such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, the United States and Canada.
“We continue to watch the situation closely, and as soon as things allow, we will reinstate our services,” said the airline’s chairman and CEO, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum.
On Friday, the United Arab Emirates announced it first two death that are a result of the COVID-19 and also reports over 153 infections with 38 people who have recovered.
Maktoum noted that until January this year, the Emirates Group was “doing well” against current financial year targets, but “COVID-19 has brought all that to a sudden and painful halt over the past six weeks”.
“The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said.
Emirates also announced it will slash the basic salaries of a majority of employees by between 25 and 50 percent for three months, but will not cut jobs.
With Most of the Countries across the World closing their borders, UAE has also stopped granting visas on arrival and restricting foreigners who are legal residents but are outside the country from returning home.