As per statement by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, UAE airlines will suspend flights to China, except for the city of Beijing which remains unaffected by the coronavirus. Starting February 5, 2020 and until further notice, the temporary cancellation of flights to China is part of measures undertaken by the UAE to handle the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak, which recently announced its fifth case of infection.
In the said statement, the Authority also said that all passengers travelling from Beijing International Airport will undergo a 6-8 hour comprehensive medical screening at the airport to ensure the safety of passengers before boarding.
Please see more details about the announcement below:
UAE suspends all China flights, except Beijing
(WAM/Rasha Abubaker/MOHD AAMIR) — The UAE today announced the suspension of all flights to and from China, with the exception of the country’s capital, Beijing, which will remain unaffected.
The General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, said in a statement that the suspension would come into force on 5th February, 2020 – until further notice – adding that the decision is part of precautionary measures undertaken by the UAE to confront the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
“We continue to put our confidence in the Chinese Government’s efforts to control and contain the situation,” the statement stressed.
The Authority stated that all passengers travelling from Beijing International Airport will be required to undergo a 6-8 hour comprehensive medical screening at the airport to ensure the safety of passengers before boarding.
It also urged airlines to communicate the new procedures with passengers to avoid flight delays.
The GCAA said the decision to suspend flights came after studying and analysing the current conditions on the spread of the virus, adding that it coordinated with international agencies and worked closely with national agencies such as the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, NCEMA, the Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines.
It went on to say that NCEMA and other relevant authorities are “continuously evaluating the situation in China and will make decisions accordingly.”
The Authority noted that all incoming and outgoing flights to Wuhan – the city at the centre of the crisis – have been cancelled since 23rd January, 2020.
It concluded by advising passengers to contact their airlines for updates on affected flights.
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