Etihad Airways continues to fly to China.
Etihad Airways said on Thursday it was continuing to fly to China as a growing number of airlines suspended services as fears mount over the deadly coronavirus.
In response to the outbreak in China, Etihad Airways said it continues to work closely with key stakeholders in China and Abu Dhabi to help prevent the spread of the virus.
“Extensive measures have been adopted by medical and aviation authorities in China and the United Arab Emirates, including thermal screening of passengers and crew prior to departure from airports in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hong Kong, and on arrival in Abu Dhabi, where dedicated gates have been set aside. The Etihad Aviation Group stands ready to take more actions based on informed advice,” the airline said in a statement sent to Arabian Business.
“As there are no travel or trade restrictions at this time, Etihad is continuing to operate flights as normal,” it added.
The statement went on to say: “We will continue to comply with directives and take all appropriate measures, based on the guidance of national and international health authorities and regulators.
“Etihad Airways has extended its waiver policy for guests who would like to cancel or rebook their flights to or from mainland China/Hong Kong. For more details, visit Etihad.com.
“The safety and wellbeing of its passengers and employees is the highest priority of Etihad Airways, which continues to collaborate with authorities and industry partners on this important issue.”
Indian carriers Air India and IndiGo also announced the cancellation of some of their flights to Shangai, Chengdu and Hong Kong.
Germany’s flagship carrier Lufthansa said Wednesday it was cancelling all flights to mainland China until February 9, as fears mount over the deadly coronavirus.
The Lufthansa group, one of Europe’s largest airline companies, said the decision also applied to flights run by its subsidiaries Swiss and Austrian Airlines.
The announcement comes after a string of countries – including the United States, Britain and Germany – advised citizens to avoid non-essential travel to China because of the virus, which has now killed more than 130 people and infected around 6,000.
British Airways earlier became the first major airline to announce a total suspension of flights to and from mainland China.
Indonesia’s Lion Air Group has since followed suit, as have airlines from Myanmar and Nepal.