Breaking: Emirates And Etihad Ground All Flights Immediately

Emirates and Etihad will ground all flights for the time being with immediate effect. The only aircraft allowed to commence a journey will be those currently outside of the United Arab Emirates. The news comes as governments across the globe are enacting sweeping travel restrictions.

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The UAE has brought forward its suspension of all flights to and from the UAE. Photo: Getty Images

The UAE’s flight ban had been due to commence tomorrow, however, the government of the United Arab Emirates has brought this ban forward. It is now in effect immediately. No flights will be allowed to leave the country. Only UAE aircraft returning to the country will be permitted to land.

14-day suspension

The flight ban enacted by the UAE government will initially last for a period of 14-days. Depending on how the global coronacrisis continues, the situation could be extended. Yesterday we reported the details of the new rules and policies:

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  • This travel ban will prevent citizens from leaving the country;
  • The passenger flight ban will take effect in 48 hours (March 25) and be in place for two weeks;
  • There will be exemptions for emergency evacuation flights and cargo services.
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Emirates and Etihad have been forced to ground their aircraft by the government. Photo: Getty Images

Ban on departing aircraft

According to Eithad, the ban is on aircraft departing the UAE. This means that there are no issues with aircraft returning to the nation. According to FlightRadar24.com, there are a number of foreign aircraft at Abu Dhabi including A380s from both Air France and Qantas.

However, the majority of these foreign aircraft are likely in Abu Dhabi for storage as airlines scramble to park aircraft. A Thai Airways Airbus A350 landed at Dubai Airport around half an hour ago. It is unclear if this will be allowed to return to Thailand.

The majority of the aircraft that will be affected by the ban will come from just four airlines. These are Etihad, Emirates, flydubai, and Air Arabia.

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flydubai will also be affected by the travel ban. Photo: flydubai

Extreme measures

The measures introduced by the United Arab Emirates are some of the most severe that have been experienced by the aviation industry as a result of the coronacrisis. The majority of countries have simply set restrictions on who can enter the country. However, Australia is exploring the possibility of stopping citizens from leaving also.

It’s unclear exactly how long these restrictions will last for if they are extended beyond 14 days. However, a ray of hope can be found in this dire situation for the aviation industry. Following a couple of months of lockdown, the aviation industry in China appears to be showing signs of recovery.

Are you affected by this sudden change to the UAE’s travel ban? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Shaker

I have to stay in India because of this cancellation of flight

Andy

The exponential growth of UAE airline capacity has been replaced by the exponential growth of coronavirus. Forget Emirates taking 70 777-9s, or the A350s. The only issue now is how many A380s will be parked, perhaps permanently. With low fuel prices and a glut of still serviceable 777-200ERs 787s will be a tough sell for years to come. Aircraft sales will plunge much further than after 9/11 and take much longer to recover.

Steve H

These are truly worrying times for the aviation industry, many airlines could go bust because of this poxy flu pandemic. The industry eventually bounced back after 9/11 and that was hard enough but this…….? This is on a whole new level, even the big flagship carriers are going to find this tough.

Steve H

I imagine that Airbus and Boeing are probably very worried about sales of their new aircraft, with airlines grounding aircraft and/or going bust they will seriously reconsider their position regarding new aircraft acquisitions. This in turn will have a huge effect on their supply chain as well.

Richard Porto

Bad news for the industry. But it will better.

Hazel Stryfom

I AM IN AUSTRALIA AT THE MOMENT AND HAVE A TICKET ON EMIRATES FOR THE 23 APRIL, MY VISA IS FOR A 6 MONTH’S STAY AT A TIME AND WILL EXPIRE . I LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA. HOPE I CAN GET HOME SOON.

Hanna

Without warning, they canceled the flight. Money will not return. Remained without means of existence. We can not return home.

Ana

We are outside UAE now for vacation and i have residence visa and contract. How we will return in abu dhabi, since the suspension was 2weeks?

Steve Buet

I was due to return to the uk from Malaysia via Dubai on 16th April but have been informed that my Emirates flights have been cancelled. I have been here since 16th January staying with my Malaysian wife’s family after retiring on 31st December. I am fortunate that I am not running up hotel bills and I am hoping that the Malaysian Government will follow the lead of the UK Home Office by extending visas as mine runs out on 16th April. Local Movement Restrictions imposed meant that I was unable to return home early but we are riding this out together and prioritising staying safe over going home.

Neeta Trivedi

My flight to Toronto from Mumbai via Dubai on 07 April 2020. Will this flight as per schedule or cancel?. And what about refund.?

MARUF SAHEED OLAYINKA

Yes I was affected with this climate change problem, infact I was not happy talkless of reaching my goal destination
But I pray to almighty to each the burden in the world.

MARUF SAHEED OLAYINKA

Yes I was affected with this climate change problem, infact I was not happy talkless of reaching my goal destination
But I pray to almighty to each the burden in the world.
I have to come back to nigeria just because this cancellation flight

M.Faulkner

I am due to return to UK from Aus on 14/04/2020 transiting through Dubai if this ban is extended I will need to extend my Aus visa, lengthen my travel Insurence and try and guess when to book a flight that will not also be cancelled loosing me my money because it was not booked before beginning of March. As usual try to get any worthwhile info is a non starter.

Cameron mackinnon

Me and my family are stranded in the philippines we had already rebooked to leave on the 15th of april now we don’t know what will happen although our flight has not been cancelled yet

Kevin Dunne

It’s ok shutting down I understand why but I’m stuck in Thailand now and emirates say either bokk a new flight or accept a voucher for your return flight hat can be used upto 12 months after date of issue but wont tell you how much it’s worth until you accept the offer ! All borders are closed in Thailand so cannot renew my visa ! What’s needed is emirates to rebook the flight at no extra cost ! Thailand needs to give all aliens foreigners a 3 month amnesty !

Nupur Pal

I entered Dubai from India on 12/03/2020 with a return tickets on 01/04/2020 and my visa also will expire shortly.
I don’t know anything here to whom I will go for rebooking and extension of visa that too till uncertain date
I wish if anyone of Dubai come forward to help me

Sohanjeet

I have valid Residence Visa of UAE. Can I return after 07 April 2020. Because ban is for two weeks and will end on 07 April. Can I buy a ticket and come back to UAE on my job

Soulat Ameer

I’m outside UAE now for vacation and i have residence visa How we will return in dubai, since the suspension was 2weeks and a week is already passed now… I’m very upset on the lookdown… Hope all the flights will start in April first week. I’m from karachi

Soulat Ameer

I’m outside UAE now for vacation and i have residence visa How we will return in dubai, since the suspension was 2weeks and a week is already passed now… I’m very upset on the lookdown… Hope all the flights will start in April first week. I’m from karachi

Soulat Ameer

I’m outside UAE now for vacation and i have residence visa How we will return in dubai, since the suspension was 2weeks and a week is already passed now… I’m very upset on the lookdown… Hope all the flights will start in April first week.

mita datta

my sister have a ticket kolkata to london on 14th of april. what is the status?

Jason Hamelin

Etihad airways are suposed to have cancelled all flight but in bkk i still see flight on time to go to abu dhabi. My flight is due on 3 april… still no news if its cancelled from seller.

Jason w

Emerites cancelled flights twice on me am now stuck in aus with no idea what’s happening

Musaab Yahia

Iam Canadian and in annual leave my return Emirates ticket is March 30
I am a Radiologist working for ministry of health almost 16 years now with valid residency
Emirates sent me an email that my flight canceled
I don’t know what to do how will be done my return
I already regist everything to UAE embassy…. Hope I can return fast

mdhossain

I am uk citizens I stok in bangladesh I lick go back UK asap

Giacomobrac

I see that there are some Emirates passenger aircrafts still operating on flightradar24…any changes? Are they passenger aircrafts used for cargo purpose?

Syed

Yes I & my family is very much effected with the flight has been canceled my kids are egarly wants to go home Canada I hope flights will start in 1st week of April

Syed

Yes I & my family is very much effected with the flight has been canceled my kids are egarly wants to go home Canada I hope flights will start in 1st week of April