Emirates flights from UAE to KSA suspended

Staff Correspondent

5 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Emirates flights from UAE to KSA suspended

Emirates airline on Sunday said flights to and from the Saudi Arabia will be suspended until further notice as instructed by the General Authority of Civil Aviation, the Kingdom’s aviation regulator.

The ban comes into effect on July 4, said Emirates on its website.

Customers with Saudi Arabia as their final destination, arriving on or after July 5 2021, will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin.

Emirates' last flights to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on July 4 are as follows: Dubai Jeddah Dubai EK2805 / EK2806, Dubai Riyadh Dubai, EK2817/ EK 2818, Dubai Dammam Dubai EK2821/ EK2822.

The Dubai carrier’s announcement comes after Saudi Arabia said it will suspend flights with four countries, including the UAE due to Covid-19 concerns.

Starting from Sunday, flights will be suspended with the UAE, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Afghanistan and all arrivals including citizens and foreigners from these countries will be subjected to institutional quarantine.

Governments around the world are once again imposing lockdowns and shutting borders as concerns grow about a new ‘Delta plus’ variant of the COVID-19 virus.

Despite successful vaccination campaigns, cases are mounting in Gulf countries. Saudi Arabia, which reported 90-100 cases per day in January, is now seeing over 1,000 people getting infected every day.