Emirates has decided to temporarily suspend all passenger flights to and from Pakistan effective 24th June
All the flights to and from Pakistan have been temporarily suspended by the Dubai carrier Emirates from 04:00, June 24 today until July 3. Emirates had only resumed its passenger services to and from Pakistan on June 8, after some relaxation on passenger transit services by the UAE Federal Government.
The last Emirates flights to carry their operations are as follows:
- EK607 KHI-DXB, STD 1945 UTC 23rd June // 0145 24th June KHI local time.
- EK615 ISB-DXB, STD 2205 UTC 23d June // 0305 24th June ISB local time.
- EK623 LHE-DXB, STC 2230 UTC 23rd June // 0330 24th June LHE local time.
The decision came after a flight on Saturday reported a record number of COVID-19 infections (26) on a single flight. Flight EK380 on June 20, from Dubai to Hong Kong had 26 passengers that tested positive for COVID-19 and all of them had been to Pakistan and came back to the city via the same flight.
Emirates suspends it’s flight operations to Pakistan
The suspension will be reviewed on July 3
This comes after 26 passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai to Hong Kong last weekend tested positive for Coronavirus after reaching HK – they were all from Pakistan pic.twitter.com/XTXtYCxiOb
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) June 23, 2020
On Sunday, June 21, there were 3 more passengers tested positive after coming back from Pakistan to Hong Kong. So, a total of 29 fresh COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong had been to Pakistan before coming back to the country via Emirates flight EK380.
We have forced @emirates to suspend flights because we could not ensure that COVID positive patients don’t board. We have essentially jeopardized international travel for us
Emirates temporarily suspending flights to Pakistan – Pakistan Aviationto https://t.co/vLD1ZJq0m0
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) June 23, 2020
All 29 of the COVID-19 infected passengers from flight EK380 have been transferred to hospitals from the city’s quarantine centers. All the precautionary measures were already in place in Hong Kong, as passengers from high-risk locations, including Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh were sent to the quarantine centers for 2 weeks.
Previously, on May 30, Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection reported 16 infected passengers from Pakistan on flight QR818.
Emirates will review its decision on July 3 and will prolong its passenger services suspension to and from Pakistan, if the COVID-19 situation doesn’t improve in the country.
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