Emirates To Reduce Capacity To China

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**Update03/02/20@13:15 UTC- Emirates replied to Simple Flying’s request for information regarding flights to China, details below**

Dubai based Emirates Airlines announced today that it would be reducing capacity on flights to China. Having now revised its service for February 2020, the Gulf State airline will remove Airbus A380s on routes between Dubai and a number of Chinese destinations.

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Emirates to replace A380s with smaller Boeing 777s on China routes. Photo: Emirates

Destinations affected by the capacity reduction include:

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  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Hong Kong
  • Guangzhou

Rather than using the double-decker Airbus A380, as demand declines, Emirates will replace it with relatively smaller Boeing 777-300ERs. Despite other airlines completely canceling their services to China, and countries around the world refusing entry to people coming from the nation, both Emirates and Etihad continue to operate flights between the UAE and China.

Most major airlines have suspended flights to China

The flight suspensions by major carriers follow an outbreak of a never before seen coronavirus in the city of Wuhan. Amid fears that the deadly virus could spread and become a pandemic, the authorities in Beijing have quarantined the city and restricted travel.

Etihad will continue flying to China despite the coronavirus threat. Photo: Etihad

As of today, the BBC is reporting that more than 300 people have died. Furthermore, at least 14,000 who have contracted the virus. Despite the seriousness of the outbreak and global concerns that the virus will spread further, both Emirates and Etihad have said that their operations will continue. Meanwhile, Lufthansa, Qantas, Delta Air Lines, British Airways, United Airlines, and American Airlines have all halted flights to China.

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Emirates and Etihad will continue flying to China

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Etihad announced it was suspending fifth freedom operations between Beijing and the Japanese city of Nagoya. This was due to low demand. However, the carrier said flights from Abu Dhabi to Beijing would continue as normal.

UAE English daily newspaper The National quotes a spokesperson for Etihad as saying:

“Flights from Abu Dhabi to mainland China and Hong Kong continue to operate normally, following the World Health Organization’s recommendation that normal travel and trade with China should continue.

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“The safety and well-being of its passengers and employees is the highest priority of Etihad Airways, which continues to collaborate with authorities and industry partners, and to independently monitor global action to help address this issue.”

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Despite most major airlines suspending flights Emirates will continue flying to China – albeit with reduced capacity. Photo: Emirates

The flights continue to operate despite the fifth case of coronavirus being confirmed in the UAE yesterday. Following this news, the Education authorities in Abu Dhabi were eager to reassure parents that no cases of coronavirus had been reported in the capital.

The Geneva-based World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of the coronavirus as a global emergency. In fact, new cases are being reported every hour. As well as airlines refusing to fly to China, many countries around the world are advising their citizens to avoid travel to China at the present time. Several countries, including the United States and Australia, are refusing entry to all foreign visitors who were recently in China.

Why have Emirates and Etihad not suspended flights?

Considering the millions of dollars a day the situation is costing airlines and governments around the world to contain a deadly virus for which they have no cure, why Emirates and Etihad continue to fly to China astounds me. Not only are Emirates and Etihad putting their employees at risk of contracting the virus, but they are also putting people in the UAE at risk as well.

What do you think about Emirates and Etihad continuing to fly to China? Please let us know in the comments.

**Emirates flights are currently operating as scheduled to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Customers who are unable to travel to countries as a result of immigration restrictions placed due to the coronavirus outbreak may rebook, reroute or request a refund based on the options that can be found on https://www.emirates.com/us/english/help/travel-updates.aspx/#3514

We can confirm that the Dubai health authorities are screening passengers and crew who arrive on Emirates’ flights from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Our passengers and crew also undergo thermal scanning and a card based questionnaire for risk assessment while departing mainland China.

We are providing masks and hand sanitisers to our crew on our flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, and they have the option to wear masks on board. Our crew are trained, and have been reminded, to follow best practices in hygiene as defined by experts and authorities, including the World Health Organisation and IATA. They will follow standard operating procedures to manage any suspected cases on board.

We are in close contact with all relevant UAE, Chinese and other regulatory authorities, and are complying with their directives and guidance. We are also closely monitoring and implementing the guidance of the World Health Organisation, which currently does not advise any restrictions on travel. For more information on passenger screening, please contact the UAE’s Ministry of Health.**

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Doz

EK and EY government backers see an opportunity to make money. They don’t care about the

Doz

implications allowing people to leave China.

Rhodalyn Gyeni-Boateng

I’m really bothered by Emirates decision as it’s putting other passengers from other countries at risk. My mum just returned from Dubai to Ghana and says she had to seat next to a Chinese national on the flight back to Ghana. We all feel stressed and worried. All because of Emeriates decision. It’s a bit unfair and should anything happen to her, I would certainly sue Emirates Airline. She is 54 and her health isn’t perfect, so the fear and panic we feel is daunting to say the least

Mustafa

As a person who lives in the UAE, seeing that Emirates and Etihad did not cancel their flights really worry me, this is cause the expand of the virus to the middle east via the UAE, I cannot do anything about it but pray.

Hans

The media is quite exaggerating about this corona virus. I don’t believe its such a huge threat. If we think in this terms, we also have to block flights from the US, because the influenza this year is terrible and killed thousands of people, way more than the corona virus. Same goes to flights to African countries, which also have many diseases.

Gillian

I wouldn’t fly Emirates because they are being negligent by not cancelling flights to and from China.

Doreen Humphrey

We will be flying emerites from England to Sydney via dubai on Feb 29th..are we at risk?

Nasreen

No they should not put Emirati people in risk and other international people traveling to Dubai.

Serious Comment

They continue to fly in and out of China so that they can still make money out of misery as now for some time they will not be facing any major competition at all, while putting everyone (globally) at risk! Money is still something that’s on their mind.
Imagine the same set of people (passengers and crew) and aircraft going in and out of China and onwards to rest of the world! No wonder there are already 5 cases in UAE, one of the highest outside China!
Money matters.

Does It Matter

They continue to fly in and out of China so that they can still make money out of misery as now for some time they will not be facing any major competition at all, while putting everyone (globally) at risk! Money is still something that’s on their mind.
Imagine the same set of people (passengers and crew) and aircraft going in and out of China and onwards to rest of the world! No wonder there are already 5 cases in UAE, one of the highest outside China!
Money matters.

Anonymous

Well, the logic of some in the comments astounds me. CX, SQ and KL are also still flying to CN destinations. No word about that here..As soon as it is a ME3 carrier, it is an issue.. double standards, no doubt. Furthermore, WHO said themselves it was not wise to completely halt the trade and travel to CN. People, learn how to factcheck your statements. Personally, I think it might not be a wise decision to keep flying, but mainly for the cost of operating empty flights, but many here seem to like the media drama around it than to look at the facts. The comment of Hans seem to make the most sense to me. .

Franz

Guys, so far the Corona virus seems to be less harmful than a normal influenza virus. If you want to be that cautious about getting infected, then no plane would be allowed to fly from any destination, because influenza virus exists in all the countries.

Dave

They are sadly putting money ahead of passenger and employee safety. Emirates and Ethiad should be embarrassed about continuing to fly in and out of China. The UAE should stop the airlines from doing this. I wouldn’t fly that carrier seeing that they only care about money.

Sunny

Suspend EK flights to china lmmedietly to avoid virous spreading in UAE.

Archie

All they care is their profit

Archie

All they care is their profits.

Archie

All they care is their profits…………………

Archie

All they care is their profits. The staff and general population is not their concern, they don’t want to loose Chinese business in the future.

Archie

All they care is their profits. The staff and general population is not their concern, they don’t want to loose Chinese business in the future.

Hayley Verney

I am disappointed in Emirates response to not cancel flights considering the global health risk. It does make one question what drives their brand and why Emirates has not been requested to suspend flights by the aviation board

Hayley Verney

I am disappointed in Emirates response to not cancel flights considering the global health risk. It does make one question what drives their brand and why Emirates has not been requested to suspend flights by the aviation board

meshal a ali

I am shocked that they are continuing to fly to China, very disappointed in emirates airlines

Meshal ali

Very disappointed in emirates for not stopping flight to China, they are usually the leaders in taking action for safety and well being of all passengers

ADa

These people are playing with uae citizens lives

Kristýna

Irresponsible approach putting other passangers to a life threating situation. As every normal airlines are cancelling their flights to China, all people leaving China will use Emirates and come via Dubai to spread the threat all over the world. I guess it is just for the money which is really disgusting.

Esther

It’s really a shame for such a country! Health should be the first priority first! So the UAE is not safe anymore.

Tanya

this virus is only 25% as contagious as the flu. practice regular hygiene practices, stay fit, and follow all usual flu-avoisance practices: keep fluids up, wash hands, cover nose and mouth when.you sneeze and cough etc and that is sufficient.

people love hype and panic.
this situation doesn’t call for hype and panic.
it calls only for sensibility

Johnny

This is totally crazy and unacceptable, they must stop the flights to and from China ASAP.
There is an health emergency ongoing and all measures to contain the virus must be put in place.
They are putting at risk customers, employees and all people living in the UEA.
Furthermore Dubai is a big HUB for intercontinetal flights, they are responsible to spread the virus world wide just for money.