Responding to the directives by the authorities in Muscat (Oman) and Kuwait, the Etihad Airways announced that it would suspend the flights to both these places, to limit the spread of coronavirus.
“Etihad Airways will temporarily suspend its passenger services between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Muscat (MCT) in Oman and Kuwait (KWI) until further notice,” said an airline spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Dubai’s Emirates Airline also announced suspension of flights to the two countries until 28th December.
“Due to the closure of Saudi Arabian, Omani and Kuwait borders, Emirates will be suspending flights to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 21-27 December, and Kuwait and Oman from 22-28 December,” the airline said in its website.
Saudi Arabia suspended all international flights for a week (extendable for another). Several other European countries too have imposed fresh travel restrictions and halted flights to and from Britain, where the new strain of the virus was first detected.