UAE rains: Several flights diverted, cancelled due to bad weather

Travellers advised to take extra travel time, keep checking updates


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Published: Thu 2 May 2024, 9:37 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 May 2024, 10:47 PM

Five inbound flights to DXB were diverted overnight, while 9 arrivals and four outbound flights were cancelled,” a Dubai Airports spokesperson has confirmed to Khaleej Times.

“Guests departing from Dubai's airports are advised to allocate additional time for their journey to the airport, as road congestion may be anticipated. We strongly encourage the utilisation of the Dubai Metro to get to DXB Terminals 1 and 3 wherever feasible,” the airport spokesperson added.

Emirates cancels flights

Several flights were cancelled by Emirates due to bad weather across the UAE on Thursday. Flight movements at Dubai International Airport (DXB) have also been reduced.

“Customers arriving or departing from Dubai airport on May 2 can expect some delays as flights are rescheduled,” Emirates said in a statement.

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The following Emirates flights have been cancelled on May 2:

EK 123/124 – Between Dubai and Istanbul

EK 763/764 – Between Dubai and Johannesburg

EK 719/720 – Between Dubai and Nairobi

Ek 921/922 – Between Dubai and Cairo

EK 903/904 – Between Dubai and Amman

EK 352/353 – Between Dubai and Singapore (EK353 departing 3 May, 12.30am – UAE time)

Rebooking charges waived

Emirates said: “We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience. Affected customers will be re-accommodated. Those who wish to rebook should contact their travel agent or nearest Emirates Office. All rebooking charges will be waived.”

Take extra time for travel

A flydubai spokesperson confirmed to Khaleej Times that the “adverse weather conditions in Dubai on Thursday (May 2) have caused some delays to their operations".

“Passengers are advised to allow extra time for their journey to DXB, whether they are travelling by car or public transport. Passengers are also advised to update their contact details via the manage booking tab and check (flydubai website) for the latest updates regarding their flight,” added the spokesperson for the Dubai-based carrier.

Sharjah-based Air Arabia also advised passengers flying from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah to plan for additional travel time to the airport due to the weather conditions. They also asked their customers to update contact info in their booking to receive the latest flight updates.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways also advised passengers using the Etihad bus service between Zayed International Airport and Dubai “to check in early for their transfer to allow additional time to reach the airport".

Indian airlines advisory

Likewise, Indian airlines have advised their passengers flying to and from Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi that flights will be affected on Thursday and Friday.

Vistara and SpiceJet also informed passengers that the inclement weather will affect departures, arrivals, and flights.


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