Emirates airline has confirmed that it is stepping up its aircraft cleaning and is ready to respond to any suspected or confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19.
“The safety and health of our customers and employees is taken very seriously and we are continuously liaising with international and local health organizations to ensure we are following the most up-to-date medical guidelines and directives,” said Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer, Emirates Airline.
“As an additional measure, we have stepped up aircraft cleaning, and in cases where we are alerted to any suspect or confirmed cases of infectious diseases, we will disinfect all cabins of those aircraft.”
According to news reports from New Zealand, the first confirmed coronavirus patient was a passenger travelling from Tehran to Auckland, and had transited through Dubai. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Emirates also confirmed that employees have the option to voluntarily apply for unpaid leave for up to one month at a time.
The announcement was made following reports of the coronavirus having a dwindling effect on the airline’s business operations, which affected a number of flight paths and cancelled a number of routes, including those to China and Iran.