Following the new regulations introduced by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of Saudi Arabia prohibiting entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flights to Jeddah will be suspended for March and April 2020.
An indefinite suspension of the Bintulu route with the last flights operating on March 14 is also in effect.
Further temporary flight consolidation on other routes is also necessary during this significantly reduced demand period.
Details of all affected flights can be found at www.flyRB.com.
RB has also temporarily suspended flights to mainland China, Seoul and reduced the number of flights to Hong Kong and Taipei.
The national carrier will provide travel options to China and Seoul via various cities on its network and with its airline partners.
RB aircraft also undergo a thorough cleaning and disinfectant process including cabin cleaning of tables, seat trims and in-flight entertainment screens together with handsets. Used and unused headsets, pillows and blankets are removed after every flight.
The airline carries on board disinfectant sprays, masks and hand sanitisers for additional preventative measures.
RB aircraft are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters with similar performance to those used in hospital operating rooms. 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 in the world. Some changes to in-flight services are also introduced as a preventative measure.
Guests on affected flights will be contacted by RB Customer Service Centre over the coming days for alternative flight arrangements.