Dubai based Emirates Airlines has suspended flights to eight new destinations across its global network from March 17. The decision follows the growing impact the coronavirus outbreak and the travel restrictions imposed over it are causing on the carrier’s operations.
The eight new destinations the airline has suspended flights to are Amman, Baghdad, Basra, Beirut, Istanbul, Larnaca, Malta (via Larnaca) and Porto, effective March 17 until March 31.
“We have implemented fee waivers for changes to bookings made on or before March 31 and are offering bonus tier miles and reduced tier travel requirement to help Skywards members retain their status,” said an airline official.
Emirates is offering refunds and rebooking for customers impacted, who were ticketed to travel until May 31. Rebooking will be allowed until June 30, as well as re-routing to select destinations. Travel vouchers are available to the value of the tickets or a full refund will be given.
So far, the carrier has suspended flights to 30 destinations all over the world.
Earlier in March, the carrier canceled flights to Bangkok-Hong Kong, Casablanca, Fort Lauderdale, Kuwait City, Peshawar, Riyadh, and Sialkot until March 31.
Flights to the following destinations are also suspended: Guangzhou and Shanghai from February 5 until further notice, Tehran from February 26 until further notice, Dammam, Jeddah and Medina from March 9 until further notice, New York (JFK)–Milan from March 11 to April 12, New York (EWR)–Athens from March 13 to April 12, Venice from March 12 to April 3, Bologna and Milan from March 13 to April 3, Rome from March 14 to April 3, Warsaw from March 15 to March 28 and Taipei from March 16 until further notice.