Impact of Heavy Rains on Dubai Flights: Cancellations and Delays

While early-morning trips were not affected, more than a dozen flights to the emirate had to be diverted

Impact of Heavy Rains on Dubai Flights: Cancellations and Delays

Flight Disruptions at Dubai International Airport (DXB) Amid Adverse Weather Conditions

Dubai International Airport (DXB), a bustling aviation hub, faced operational disruptions on Saturday due to adverse weather conditions, impacting both inbound and outbound flights. The challenges prompted rerouting to nearby airports, delays, and cancellations, leading to a dynamic situation for airlines and passengers alike.

Operational Impact at DXB

Dubai Airports, in a statement to Khaleej Times, confirmed the adverse weather conditions affecting normal operations at DXB since early Saturday. Thirteen inbound flights were rerouted to nearby airports, underscoring the severity of the weather-induced challenges faced by the aviation sector in the region.

Emirates Flights: Delays and Diversions

Emirates, a major airline operating out of DXB, acknowledged delays and diversions in its flight operations. The fluidity of the weather conditions prevented the airline from providing specific numbers, highlighting the unpredictable nature of the situation.

The airline, committed to passenger safety, assured that it is diligently monitoring the situation. Emirates expressed regret for any inconvenience caused and emphasized that the safety of passengers and crew remains their top priority.

Flight Schedule Changes

The DXB Flight Status website detailed several schedule adjustments for Emirates flights. Flight EK 903 to Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan was rescheduled from 2.05 pm to 4 pm. Similarly, EK031 to London Heathrow Airport experienced delays. The 2.40 pm flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg was postponed to 3.15 pm. Notably, EK 857 to Kuwait encountered a nearly two-hour delay, and EK859S to Kuwait was canceled.

Flights to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Jinnah International, and Indira Gandhi International were awaiting updates, creating uncertainty for affected passengers.

flydubai's Response to Weather Conditions

flydubai, another prominent carrier operating in Dubai, acknowledged cancellations and delays due to the adverse weather conditions. The airline assured passengers that it is actively monitoring the situation, prioritizing safety, and working to minimize disruptions. Coordination with airport authorities and relevant stakeholders is underway to navigate the challenges seamlessly.

Etihad Airways: Operations from Abu Dhabi

In contrast, Etihad Airways flights departing from Abu Dhabi Zayed International Airport continued to operate as normal. Despite potential weather challenges, Etihad advised travelers flying out of the UAE to arrive at the airport early to mitigate any delays.

Weather Forecast and Future Expectations

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) predicted varying intensity rains until Sunday, primarily concentrated over northern and eastern areas of the country. The unstable weather is expected to gradually weaken, confining to the eastern regions by Sunday evening. A dry Monday is anticipated, with a chance of morning fog formation.

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