'Red list' move to deliver 'near knockout punch' to popular UK-Dubai air routes

Experts say Emirates and Etihad to be badly affected after recently building up daily flights to London and re-establishing services to other UK cities

Industry experts on Friday said the move by the UK government to add the UAE to its ‘red list’ of countries would deliver a “near knock-out punch” for the already beleaguered air route.

The move, which bans all non-British and Irish nationals from entering the UK and instructs all travellers to quarantine for 10 days on arrival from 1pm GMT on Friday, will leave airlines with “no option” but to further downward adjust their schedules, said Andrew Charlton, managing director of air transport consultancy Aviation Advocacy.

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