Royal Brunei suspends Bintulu flights

RB said its last flights to Bintulu will be on March 14 ( Saturday).

MIRI: Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) today announced the indefinite suspension of its Bintulu route with effect from this Sunday (March 15).

Following new regulations introduced by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of Saudi Arabia prohibiting entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah, flights to Jeddah will be suspended for March and April 2020.

RB said the last flights will be on March 14 ( Saturday).

The airlines announced this in a statement on its website today, stating that the temporary flight suspension and selected flight consolidation was due to the impact of the rise in the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) globally, with various travel restrictions in place resulting in the significant decline in air travel across the world.

Further temporary flight consolidation on other routes were necessary during this significantly reduced demand period, and details of all affected flights can be found on its website, it added.

The airline said the safety of its guests and crew is its highest priority and it uphold the highest standards when it comes to cleaning the aircraft and has stringent standard operating procedures in place.

All RB aircraft undergo a thorough cleaning and disinfectant process which includes cabin cleaning and wipe down of all tables, seat trims and in-flight entertainment screens together with handsets.

All headsets, pillows and blankets (used and unused) are removed after every flight while it also carries disinfectant sprays, masks and hand sanitisers on board for additional preventive measures.

RBA said its aircraft are also equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters with similar performance to those used in hospital operating rooms where the cabin air is refreshed every few minutes and is sterile and particle free.

“To-date there has been no confirmed inflight transmission of Covid-19 anywhere in the world,” said the airline.

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