One of the worlds biggest airlines is grounding its fleet.

Emirates is the world’s largest international airline and the largest operator of the double-decker Airbus A380.

As the Covid-19 pandemic escalates, Emirates is suffering a huge drop in passenger air travel.

As passenger numbers plummet and an increasing number of countries lock down their borders, the airline has been forced to ground most of its fleet.

In Australia and New Zealand, Emirates is suspending flights to Melbourne (both direct and via Singapore), Brisbane, Adelaide and Auckland (both direct and via Bali), as well as the Dubai-Sydney-Christchurch service.

All flights to New York will vanish by March 24, followed by Paris, Edinburgh, Geneva, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco.

Here is the full list, accurate as of March 22, 2020:

  • Abidjan (via Accra): From 21 March – 20 May
  • Abuja: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Accra: From 21 March – 20 May
  • Adelaide: From 23 March – 20 May
  • Ahmedabad: From 23 March – 28 March
  • Algiers: From 18 March – 20 May
  • Amman: From 17 March – 30 April
  • Athens: From 23 March- 30 June
  • Auckland (via Bali): From 29 March – 30 June
  • Auckland: From 29 March – 30 June
  • Baghdad: From 17 March – 30 April
  • Bali: From 29 March – 30 June
  • Bangkok–Hong Kong: From 9 March – 20 May
  • Barcelona: From 20 March – 20 May
  • Basra: From 17 March – 30 April
  • Beirut: From 17 March – 30 April
  • Bengaluru: From 23 March – 28 March
  • Bologna: From 13 March – 20 May
  • Brisbane: From 29 March – 30 June
  • Brussels: From 26 March – 30 June
  • Budapest: From 13 March – 20 May
  • Buenos Aires (via Rio de Janeiro): From 25 March – 20 May
  • Cairo: From 19 March – 30 June
  • Casablanca: From 16 March – 30 June 
  • Cebu/Clark: From 29 March- 30 June
  • Chennai: From 22 March – 28 March
  • Chicago: From 27 March – 30 June
  • Christchurch (via Sydney): From 29 March – 30 June
  • Cochin: From 23 March – 28 March
  • Colombo (via Male): From 23 March – 30 June
  • Conakry: From 22 March – 19 May
  • Dakar (via Conakry): From 22 March – 19 May
  • Dammam: From 09 March – 30 April
  • Delhi: From 22 March – 28 March
  • Dhaka: From 22 March – 31 March
  • Dubai–Colombo: From 19 March – 25 March.
  • Dubai–Hanoi: From 18 March – 22 March.
  • Dubai–Ho Chi Minh: From 18 March – 24 March.
  • Dubai–Mauritius: From 20 March – 2 April. 
  • Durban: From 24 March – 20 May
  • Dusseldorf: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Edinburgh: From 25 March – 30 June
  • Fort Lauderdale: From 13 March – 30 June
  • Frankfurt: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Geneva: From 23 March – 30 June
  • Guangzhou: From 05 February – 30 April
  • Hamburg: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Hanoi: From 23 March – 30 June
  • Harare (via Lusaka): From 20 March – 20 May
  • Ho Chi Minh: From 25 March – 30 June
  • Houston: From 27 March – 30 June
  • Hyderabad: From 22 March – 28 March
  • Islamabad: From 22 March – until further notice
  • Istanbul (IST): From 17 March – 20 May
  • Istanbul (SAW): From 17 March – 20 May
  • Jeddah: From 16 March – 30 April
  • Kabul: From 26 March – 30 June
  • Karachi: From 22 March – until further notice
  • Khartoum: From 18 March – 20 May
  • Kolkata: From 23 March – 28 March
  • Kuwait City: From 14 March – 30 April
  • Lagos: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Larnaca: From 17 March – 20 May
  • Lahore: From 22 March – until further notice
  • Lisbon: From 19 March – 30 April
  • London Stansted: From 25 March – 30 June
  • Luanda: From 22 March – 20 May
  • Lusaka: From 20 March – 20 May
  • Lyon: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Madrid: From 18 March – 20 May
  • Malta (via Larnaca): From 17 March – 20 May
  • Medina: From 05 March – 30 April
  • Melbourne (via Singapore): From 23 March – 20 May
  • Melbourne: From 29 March – 30 June
  • Mexico City (via Barcelona): From 20 March – 20 May
  • Milan: From 15 March – 20 May
  • Moscow: From 30 March – 30 June
  • Mumbai: From 22 March – 28 March
  • Munich: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Muscat: From 22 March – 05 April
  • New York EWR (via Athens): From 13 March – 20 May
  • New York EWR: From 24 March – until further notice
  • New York JFK (via Milan): From 11 March – 20 May
  • New York JFK: From 24 March – until further notice
  • Newcastle: From 25 March – 30 June
  • Nice: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Orlando: From 24 March – 30 June
  • Osaka: From 26 March – 30 June
  • Oslo: From 28 March – 30 June
  • Paris: From 23 March – until further notice
  • Peshawar: From 22 March – until further notice
  • Phnom Penh (via Bangkok): From 29 March – 30 June
  • Phuket: From 29 March – 30 June
  • Porto: From 17 March – 20 May
  • Prague: From 25 March – 30 June
  • Rio de Janeiro: From 25 March – 20 May
  • Riyadh: From 16 March – 30 April
  • Rome: From 15 March – 20 May
  • Saint Petersburg: From 30 March – 30 June
  • San Francisco: From 29 March – 30 June
  • Santiago (via Rio de Janeiro): From 25 March – 20 May
  • Shanghai: From 05 February – 30 April
  • Sialkot: From 22 March – until further notice
  • Stockholm: From 26 March – 30 June
  • Taipei: From 16 March – 20 May
  • Tehran: From 26 February – 30 April
  • Trivandrum: From 22 March – 28 March
  • Tunis: From 18 March – 20 May
  • Venice: From 12 March – 20 May
  • Vienna: From 23 March – 30 June
  • Warsaw: From 15 March – 20 May

Affected customers should contact their travel agent or Emirates office to request a travel voucher,” Emirates advises. “Customers who booked directly with Emirates can visit the Travel Voucher webpage and add ‘Refund request due to Coronavirus’ in the comments section. Customers who booked with a travel agent must contact them for a rebooking and/or travel vouchers.”

The UAE has also closed its own borders to anybody who is not a citizen or a resident, suspended its “visa on arrival” program and even placed a temporary travel ban which prevents citizens from leaving the UAE as part of the continued effort to minimise the exposure and spread of coronavirus.

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