The UAE government has suspended all passenger flights for two weeks, beginning on Wednesday, March 25.
It means Emirates and Etihad flights will not operate.
Emirates, which at the weekend said it was cancelling all flights, later announced it would operate certain schedules in response to demand. Now it has no choice but to suspend services.
Emirates’ website says: “As per the UAE government’s directive, Emirates will temporarily suspend all passenger services for two weeks starting from 25 March 2020. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused to our customers and travellers. These measures are in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, and we hope to resume services as soon as feasible.
“You don’t currently need to call us to cancel your booking as we will not charge no show fees. Please however complete the travel voucher request form to re-book your flight later.
“We are experiencing high call volumes. If you are not travelling in the next 48 hours, please consider calling us later. We can usually answer your call quicker if you can speak to us in English.”