Dubai: The 48-hour suspension of airline services between Bahrain and Dubai would hit eight flights operated by Emirates alone on a daily basis, and 17 daily flights by Gulf Air.
The suspension covers all flights on this sector from Dubai and Sharjah, meaning it will also affect flydubai, which has up to seven flights a day to and from Bahrain. In Sharjah, Air Arabia is expected to suspend the six flights a day it operates to the Gulf state.
Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs announced on Tuesday it will be suspending all flights arriving from Dubai and Sharjah for 48 hours as concerns over the spread of the coronavirus grow.
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In a statement, Dubai Airports said: "Based on the directives received from the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), all flights to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran, with the exception of Tehran, have been suspended until further notice.
"All passengers arriving on direct flights from Tehran will receive thermal screening at the airport by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and its Airport Medical Centre team. Customers affected by the suspension are urged to contact their airlines directly for details on rebooking.
"The Kingdom of Bahrain has suspended all scheduled passenger flights to and from Dubai until further notice. Affected passengers are advised to check with their respective airlines for more details."