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 Harare – Dubai flight is also unavailable, with Emirates advising travellers to contact their local office for assistance.
The airline however appears to still be operating other flights out of its capital. A flight search for flights to New York yielded results.