Emirates and Dubai Airports have jointly dismissed rumours circulating on social media that the airline would be halting all flights from 17 March and all airports in the UAE would subsequently close.
The social media speculation started after it was announced that entry visas to the UAE would be suspended as the government aims to slow the spread of Covid-19.
We can confirm that the rumours circulating on social media around the suspension of all flights to & from the UAE are untrue. Both DXB & DWC continue to welcome travellers from a number of countries. For the latest information on airport operations visit https://t.co/NfBA5GPTS6— Dubai Airports (@DubaiAirports) March 15, 2020
But Dubai Airports confirmed in a statement that passengers eligible for visa-on-arrival will not be affected by the suspension. Those eligible for this type of visa include people from the UK, US and most of Europe.
Emirates posted a tweet that said: “Emirates Airlines confirms that what is being circulated on social media that it will stop all flights from March 17 is nothing but pure rumours that are completely false.”
Rumours that airports would close and all flights in and out of the UAE suspended were also strongly denied by Dubai Airports, which operates both Dubai International and Dubai World Central airports.
Emirates confirms that there is no truth to the rumors circulating on social media that the airline will be suspending all flights on 17 March. For latest flight updates please visit https://t.co/qZ7DQK19YZ— Emirates Airline (@emirates) March 15, 2020
It said on Twitter: “We can confirm that the rumours circulating on social media around the suspension of all flights to and from the UAE are untrue. Both DXB and DWC continue to welcome travellers from a number of countries.”
Flights from Dubai have been suspended to Bahrain, Iran, Italy (except Rome), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and China (except Beijing). From 17 March, there will be further cancellations to and from Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.
Emirates said last week that it would begin carrying out thermal screenings on all passengers bound for the US.