United Arab Emirates will suspend all passengers flights in and out of the Gulf Arab state on Tuesday night, Dubai Airports said on its website, indicating it would take place 24 hours earlier than initially announced.
Dubai Airports and Abu Dhabi Airport will suspend all passenger flights as of 11:59 pm local time on Thursday for two weeks, with the exception of evacuation flights, as part of measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.
The latest statements from the United Arab Emirates’ main airports came after the government announced early on Monday that all passenger and transit flights would be suspended after 48 hours.
“The decision has been made by the UAE authorities to suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights, and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE, the state operator said, adding the measure would be implemented from 11:59 p.m. (1959 GMT).
“We would like to inform you that all passenger flights to, from, and through AUH will be temporarily suspended starting March 26 23:59 UAE time for two weeks except cargo and evacuation flights,” Abu Dhabi Airport tweeted on Tuesday.
Dubai Airports’ website carried the same notice for Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) airports.