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Emirates airline to halt all passenger flights over virus

AP  |  Gaza City 

Long-haul carrier Emirates says it will suspend all passenger flights beginning Wednesday over the new coronavirus outbreak.

The decision is a major one for the Dubai-based, government-owned airline built on linking the East to the West.

A statement from the carrier quoted Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, its chairman and CEO, as saying: The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is an unprecedented crisis situation in terms of breadth and scale: geographically, as well as from a health, social, and economic

standpoint.

He added: We find ourselves in a situation where we cannot viably operate passenger services until countries re-open their borders, and travel confidence returns.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 22 2020. 20:02 IST
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