Emirates, Etihad Airways confirm flight delays, diversion due to weather


Staff Report

Dubai – UAE airlines confirmed on Saturday that several inbound and outbound flights have been delayed and some of them diverted to other airports because of raining weather in the UAE.

It is estimated that fifteen inbound flights were diverted to neighbouring airports, while a number of outbound flights were also delayed due to rain, Dubai Airports said.

“Dubai airport is working with airlines and other stakeholders to minimise inconvenience to our customers and normalise operations as quickly as possible. Passengers are requested to check the status of their flights with their respective airlines before heading to the airport,” it said.

Emirates airline in a statement informs: “Severe weather in Dubai has caused the cancellation and delay of numerous Emirates flights arriving and departing at Dubai International Airport. Emirates advises customers to check their flight status at: http://www.emirates.com/english/plan_book/flight_status/flightstatus.aspx  “Emirates apologises for the inconvenience caused.

An Etihad Airways spokesperson said: “Abu Dhabi is again experiencing unstable weather patterns with intermittent thunderstorms that have caused eight flights to divert to airports within the UAE and GCC. The airline is working to ensure that they return to Abu Dhabi as soon as possible.

“The airline will be monitoring the weather situation in the UAE throughout the day. Any impacted guests will be being informed of itinerary changes and assisted with onward travel.

“Guests can contact the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 (0) 2599 0000 (UAE), or visit the Etihad Airways website at www.etihad.com for further updates.”