Heavy fog disrupts flights; 37 diverted from Abu Dhabi

Flight operations in major airports in the country were affected by heavy fog on Thursday morning, causing delays and cancellations.

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By Staff Reporter

Published: Sat 8 Mar 2014, 12:46 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:48 PM

“As a result of the extreme low visibility conditions at Abu Dhabi International Airport this morning, 37 aircraft were diverted to other airports in the region due to the operational challenges posed by such weather,” said a spokesperson for the airport.

At Abu Dhabi International Airport, flight operations resumed later in the afternoon.

In Dubai, low visibility caused some delays at Dubai International Airport in the morning. Eight incoming flights were diverted to neighbouring airports and one flight was cancelled.

The National Center of Meteorological and Seismology (NCMS) has further forecast a possibility of fog on Friday too, reducing the minimum visibility to 200 metres.

“The relative humidity will increase during night and early morning over some of the coastal and inland areas, with a chance of some mist/fog formation,” said the forecast.

From the Abu Dhabi airport, 14 were diverted to Al Ain Airport on Thursday, three to Maktoum Airport in Dubai, and one was rerouted to Al Bateen Airport, in addition to 10 flights diverted to Doha Airport, six to Muscat, two to Dammam and one to Bahrain Airport.

Passengers were advised to check their flight departure and arrival timings before visiting the airport by contacting the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 (0) 2599 0000 or visiting the Etihad Airways website at www.etihad.com.

Passengers travelling on other airlines are advised to contact their respective airline for flight updates or visit Abu Dhabi International Airport website www.abudhabiairport.ae for contact details and updates.


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