Emirates Airline has cancelled some flights from Dubai to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda, citing operational reasons.
The airline on Thursday issued a statement revealing that only Monday and Wednesday flights starting from March 18 to April 29 have been cancelled.
“Dear Industry Partners, please be advised that due to operations reasons, the following flight cancellations will take place effective March 18, 2020 till April 29, 2020, Mondays and Wednesday only,” the notice read in part.
The cancelled flights include;
EK729/730/3 18Mar20 – DXB/EBB/DXB –
EK729/730/1 23Mar20 – DXB/EBB/DXB –
"Coronavirus is spread through sneezing, coughing or contact with contaminated surfaces. To avoid the disease, wash your hands with soap regularly, don’t spit in public, avoid crowds and stay home if you have flu. Protect yourself and your loved ones. Let’s fight Corona together. This message is from the Ministry of Health"
EK729/730/3 25Mar20 – DXB/EBB/DXB –
EK729/730/1 30Mar20 – DXB/EBB/DXB –
EK729/730/3 01Apr20 – DXB/EBB/DXB –
EK729/730/1 06Apr20 – DXB/EBB/DXB –
EK729/730/3 08Apr20 – DXB/EBB/DXB –
EK729/730/1 13Apr20 – DXB/EBB/DXB –
EK729/730/3 15Apr20 – DXB/EBB/DXB –
EK729/730/1 20Apr20 – DXB/EBB/DXB –
EK729/730/3 22Apr20 – DXB/EBB/DXB –
EK729/730/1 27Apr20 – DXB/EBB/DXB and
EK729/730/3 29Apr20 – DXB/EBB/DXB.
Ms Sarina Carrasco, the Emirates sales manager commercial in Uganda confirmed the cancellation of the flights but could not provide further details.
“Yes the above information is correct. This is a decision from our headquarters, further information will be communicated through the media,” she said, referring the reporter to the team handling the airline’s communications in Uganda.
While Uganda has no reported or confirmed any case of coronavirus, Dubai is one of the places affected by the virus.
However, the move is expected to affect Uganda as Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, is one of the top destinations for Uganda’s increasing labour export.
In addition, some of Uganda’s imports are also from Dubai while Uganda equally exports products especially agricultural produce to Dubai.
The cancellations come after the airline suspended all flights between Dubai and Italy as its overall response to latest developments in the pandemic coronavirus.
“Emirates has suspended its flights between Dubai and Italy starting from today, with the final flight operating on 15th of March. The airline is working with the relevant authorities to monitor the developments closely as the COVID-19 situation evolves,” the notice reads in part.
In addition, Emirates introduced thermal screening on board the planes as a control measure to bar any suspicious case from travelling.Download Our News App Here