Dubai: Dubai-based airlines, Emirates and Flydubai, have cancelled their flights to Sudan from April 15 to 17, while Air Arabia stated that all flights to Sudan “have been suspended until further notice.”
“Due to the growing situation of civil unrest in the Sudanese capital, Emirates can confirm that all its flights to and from Khartoum are cancelled from April 15 to 17 inclusive. Passengers connecting to Khartoum on these flights will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin. Affected passengers should contact their respective travel agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking options,” an airline spokesperson stated.
“We will continue to closely monitor the situation. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our passengers’ travel schedules,” the statement added.
Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) stated that they had taken control of the presidential palace, the residence of the army chief, and Khartoum International Airport on Saturday as clashes erupted with the army in an escalating power struggle.
In a statement, the RSF further added that they had taken over the airports in the northern city of Merowe and El-Obeid in the west.
Gunfire could be heard in several parts of Khartoum, and eyewitnesses reported shooting in adjoining cities.