Emirates Suspends Kiev Flights
Emirates has suspended all flights to Kiev after a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in Ukrainian airspace on Thursday.
In a statement released on Sunday morning, the airline said: “Emirates flights to Kiev are suspended with immediate effect [until] further notice due to the safety concerns raised with the latest reports on Thu Malaysian flight MH17
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The safety of our customers and crew is paramount, and we will continue to monitor the situation carefully.”
It added that no Emirates inbound or outbound flights were operating over Ukraine’s airspace.
Budget airline FlyDubai, which flies to three cities in Ukraine - Kiev, Odessa and Kharkiv - suspended flights to the country on Friday, but most have since been resumed.
“Our flights to Kiev and Odessa are currently operating to schedule. Our flights to Kharkiv have been cancelled until further notice.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the operating instructions issued by the relevant authorities,” the airline said in a statement this afternoon.
On Friday, Qatar Airways said it had halted flights over the troubled country.
It announced: “The Qatar Airways Group is in deep dismay over the loss of flight MH17. We stand by to support our fellow oneworld alliance member during this sombre time.
“In response to queries, Qatar Airways wishes to inform its passengers that select areas in Ukrainian air space are currently closed by authorities.
“Qatar Airways will not fly over Ukrainian territory until further notice.
“Currently there are no delays expected as a result of this operational change. No inbound flights to Doha nor outbound flights from Doha to destinations that previously included fly zones within the Ukraine are expected to face delays.”
Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad, Bahrain-based Gulf Air, and Air Arabia, which flies from Sharjah to Odessa, have yet to announce any schedule changes in the light of the disaster, in which 298 people died.