Emirates scales back Bahrain flights

Reuters, Thursday 17 Mar 2011

Region's leading luxury airline cuts services on back of unrest

Emirates airline, one of the Arab world's largest carriers, will scale back its flights to Bahrain beginning next week as sectarian unrest continues in the island kingdom.

"Due to the current situation in Bahrain, Emirates has cancelled EK835 and EK836 between the 19th and 23rd March inclusive. We continue to monitor the regional situation closely," Emirates said in an emailed statement on Thursday.

The airline operates three daily flights to Bahrain's capital Manama.

The top UN human rights official on Thursday urged Bahrain to rein in its security forces after allegations they had killed protesters and attacked medical workers.

Dubai-based Emirates, which has indefinitely suspended all flights to the Libyan capital Tripoli due to fighting in the North Africa state, said on Thursday all its flights to Japan were operating normally after last week's earthquake and tsunami.


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