March 16, 2020 / 4:43 PM / 23 days ago

Bahrain’s Gulf Air suspends dozens of routes due to coronavirus

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain’s state-owned carrier Gulf Air on Monday temporarily suspended dozens of routes as the coronavirus outbreak batters demand for global air travel.

The airline, which has been loss-making for years, said it would only continue flights to 13 destinations including to London, Frankfurt and Paris from Wednesday until the end of the month.

All other destinations would be suspended, it said, which Reuters calculated amounted to around 40 routes based on destinations listed on Gulf Air’s website.

The airline did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment outside normal working hours.

Globally, airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights due to the coronavirus, which has led to governments enforcing strict entry requirements to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.

Reporting by Alaa Swilam; writing by Alexander Cornwell; editing by David Clarke and Mark Potter

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