Dubai carrier Emirates says it has dramatically cut its passenger flight destinations to 13, down from 145.
The state-owned carrier says it will still fly to the US, the UK, Japan, Australia and Canada.
The company had just hours earlier announced a suspension of all passenger flights, but reversed that decision after receiving requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travellers.
Airlines around the world are struggling to cover their costs and pay salaries with their fleets grounded and countries shutting their borders to travellers.
In a statement released on Sunday, Emirates said it has tried to maintain passenger flights “for as long as feasible” to help travellers return home amidst all the travel bans, restrictions, and lockdowns.
Emirates Group chief executive and chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum described the situation as “an unprecedented crisis” and said “the world has literally gone into quarantine” due to the virus.
COVID-19 has infected more than 300,000 people around the world.
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