Etihad Airways will tomorrow suspend all flights in and out of its home in Abu Dhabi following a government directive banning all passenger flights to and from the UAE.
The unprecedented measures were brought in by Emirati authorities, including the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in a move designed to slow the spread of Covid-19.
The suspension of flights to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport will commence at 23:59 on Wednesday 25 March, and will last for an initial 14 days before the decision is reviewed. Cargo and emergency evacuation flights are exempt and will continue.
“These are unprecedented times and unprecedented decisions are being made by governments, authorities and companies, including Etihad, to contain the spread of the coronavirus and to help minimise its effects around the world,” said Tony Douglas, CEO of Etihad Aviation Group.
“As the national airline, we stand in full support of the UAE government’s decision, and are confident that we’re well prepared to weather the commercial and operational impact this suspension will have on our services.”
Dubai-based carrier Emirates has also suspended all passenger flights in and out of the UAE, operating a select few repatriation flights.