Emirates temporarily suspends Pakistan flights

26 passengers test positive for Covid-19 after having travelled to high-risk country Pakistan
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Emirates Airline has temporarily suspended passenger services from Pakistan until next week.

Emirates resumed flights to Pakistan two weeks ago as it began to relaunch its network in a phased approach.

“We remain in contact with the relevant authorities on requirements to resume services for travellers and look forward to operating our flights again soon,” a spokesperson from the airline said.

Earlier this week, 26 passengers on-board an Emirates flight to Hong Kong tested positive for Covid-19, according to a report by the South China Morning Post.

The infected passengers had been to Pakistan and were returning to Hong Kong on flight EK380, which was operated by a Boeing 777-300ER.  

The passengers, who were sent to quarantine centres in Hong Kong, are thought to have contracted the virus before boarding the aircraft.

Hong Kong International Airport resumed its operations on 1 June following a two-months ban on regular passenger services.

Covid-19 cases have been rising in Pakistan in recent weeks but Emirates will continue to operate repatriation and cargo flights into the country while passenger services remain suspended. 

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