After weeks of cuts and updates to the routes, Emirates has added several more destinations to its growing list of flight closures.
Emirates has now cut flights to 111 destinations on its network – meaning that more than 70 percent of the airline’s routes are currently blocked.
The changes are due to travel restrictions that were introduced to prevent Covid-19 from spreading through air travel.
The latest destinations to add to the list include multiple cities in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, and all destinations in New Zealand. Some services will be suspended until June 30, which means that many foreigners in Dubai cannot travel home with Emirates during the annual summer break.
The airline in Dubai has discontinued connections to Auckland and Christchurch, the only two destinations in New Zealand. New Zealanders are the only UAE airline that flies direct to the country if they have to travel before June 30 to find alternative arrangements.
Connections to Chicago, Brisbane, Stockholm, Vienna, Manila, Colombo, Glasgow, Newcastle and London Stansted will also be terminated by the end of June.
Emirates flies to more than 150 destinations around the world. Due to the recent cuts, the airline has now shut down more than 70 percent of its network, though not all closures will last until the end of June.
Emirates previously ceased services to selected U.S. destinations after U.S. President Donald Trump announced travel restrictions. These flight restrictions have affected Emirates’ fifth freedom route.