Emirates cancels Harare flights amid coronavirus strain

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The Harare - Dubai flight is also unavailable, with Emirates advising travellers to contact their local office for assistance.
The Harare - Dubai flight is also unavailable, with Emirates advising travellers to contact their local office for assistance.

Harare – UAE’s flagship carrier and leading airliner Emirates has cancelled its Harare – Lusaka flights till 20 May, 2020. Additionally, flights out of Harare to Dubai are no longer available to book.

The announcement came amid revelations that Zambia had confirmed its first 2 cases of coronavirus.

An advisory release provided by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Head of Corporate Affairs Godfrey Koti said:

TRADE UPDATE – FLIGHT

CANCELLATION EK713 & EK714

DEAR TRAVEL TRADE

WE WISH TO ADVISE THE TRAVEL TRADE THAT DUE TO THE CURRENT CHALLENGING GLOBAL CONDITIONS, EMIRATES AIRLINE IS COMPELLED TO SUSPEND FLIGHTS EK 713/714 (LUN/HRE) FOR THE PERIOD 20 MARCH TO 20 MAY 2020.

AS SUCH FLIGHTS EKZ14 AND DUBAI -LUSAKA- HARARE ( EK713) WILL BE CANCELLED EFFECTIVE 20TH MARCH 2020 UP TO 20 MAY 2020. OUR LAST FLIGHTS TO AND FROM HARARE WILL BE EK713/4 19TH MARCH 2020.

An attempt to book flights in that period on the Fly Emirates website confirmed that the flight was unavailable any more.

The popular Harare - Lusaka flight does not show on Fly Emirates anymore
The popular Harare – Lusaka flight does not show on Fly Emirates anymore

The Harare – Dubai flight is also unavailable, with Emirates advising travellers to contact their local office for assistance.

The Harare - Dubai flight is also unavailable.
The Harare – Dubai flight is also unavailable.

The airline however appears to still be operating other flights out of its capital. A flight search for flights to New York yielded results.