Emirati authorities suspend flights to and from Iran for one week from Feb. 25. Reconfirm all flights.

Severity: Warning Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Iran
  • United Arab Emirates

This alert began 25 Feb 2020 14:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 03 Mar 2020 12:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Temporary flight suspension
  • Location(s): UAE and Iran (map)
  • Time Frame: Feb. 25-March 3
  • Impact: Flight disruptions

Summary
The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced the suspension of all passenger and cargo flights to and from Iran for one week from Feb. 25. The measure has been taken over concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The flight suspension may be reviewed and either shortened or extended in the coming days. Flight disruptions are likely after the suspension is lifted as officials clear flight backlogs.

Background and Analysis
The WHO has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City, in Hubei Province, and has since spread to several countries across the globe.

As of Feb. 25, there are 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UAE.

Advice
Confirm all flights if traveling between the UAE and Iran through at least March 3.

Resources
Dubai International Airport (DXB): www.dubaiairports.ae

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH): www.abudhabiairport.ae

Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA): www.ikac.ir

 

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