Bahrain's Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) has announced the suspension of all flights arriving from Dubai International Airport and Sharjah International Airport for a period of 48 hours, effective last night (February 24).
The measure follows the detection of a second case of the new Coronavirus (COVID 19) in Bahrain, a passenger coming from Iran via Dubai.
The CAA urges all citizens and residents of Bahrain who are currently in areas affected by the Coronavirus (COVID 19) and who were planning to return to Bahrain to call +973 17227555, said a Wam news agency report.
The CAA affirms that it is cooperating with all authorities to take the necessary measures in light of COVID-19. All arrivals to Bahrain International Airport suspected of infection will be tested and, if found to be suffering from the condition, are immediately transferred to designated centres for isolation and treatment.
Civil Aviation Affairs stressed the need to adhere to established health guidelines in order to combat COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Gulf Air, Bahrain's national carrier, said it was complying with the Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) order. Gulf Air Contact Center will contact all affected passengers, it said.
The airline said in a statement that passengers should check the airline website prior to their travel or to call the Gulf Air Contact Center on +973 17373737 before heading to the airport.
Gulf Air stressed that it was working closely with the concerned authorities in Bahrain on taking all precautionary and preventive measures in order to ensure, as its top priority, the safety and security of the citizens, residents, passengers and crews.