Emirates, one of the biggest airlines on international routes, briefly announced on Twitter and its own website on Sunday that it would stop all passenger flights by March 25, but later changed its mind and said it would fly to 13 destinations, including the United States, according tomedia TechCrunch. , United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Canada.
Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the airline industry into sudden chaos, the suspension of all passenger flights would cause chaos. In a subsequent statement, Emirates said: “Following a request from the Government and our customers to repatriate passengers, Emirates will continue to operate passenger and cargo flights to a small number of countries until further notice, as long as the borders remain open and in need.” “
Like most of its competitors, the airline will continue its regular cargo operations. However, passenger flights will only continue to the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, the United States and Canada. Prior to this decision, Emirates operated routes to 161 cities in 85 countries.
In the United States, many airlines face decisions. United, for example, announced two days ago that it would reduce international flights by 95 percent in April, with only six international flights to be retained in May. American Airlines and Delta have made similar cuts, although not by as much. All this could still change, given that almost every airline now says this is “dynamic”.