Etihad Airways suspended transit travel through
Abu Dhabi International Airport at 22:00 (local time) on Monday,
Any passengers booked on connecting flights via
Abu Dhabi to anywhere else on the Etihad network will not be
permitted to travel. Only UAE nationals travelling to Abu Dhabi
will be allowed to board the aircraft.
The airline says it is “attempting to contact
these guests to advise them of the development” of which no
advance warning was given. It is unclear how many travellers this
decision will leave stranded, nor how the airline will help them
to return home.
Etihad says it “regrets any inconvenience caused
and continues to follow UAE and international government and
regulatory authority directives and is applying a contingency plan
to assist affected customers”.
Only UAE citizens, their immediate family members,
diplomatic passport holders, and those with UAE-API clearance will
be allowed entry into Abu Dhabi.
The airline has said that passengers who are not
travelling to Abu Dhabi should not go to the airport, but instead
website to understand their rebooking options.
Etihad Airways, and all the other
airlines in the
UAE, will suspend all passenger flights to and from the UAE from
23:59 (local time) on Wednesday 25 March for an initial period of