Flooding grounds planes at Dubai Airport

Severe weather has caused extensive delays for travellers flying in and out of the UAE, Janie Medbury reports.

ALTHOUGH inbound flights have now resumed at Terminal 1, travellers will continue to face widespread disruption at Dubai International Airport following a record-breaking deluge of rain in the Middle East.

The unusual weather event left the aviation hub’s runways and surrounding roads flooded, forcing it to cancel and delay a number of flights.

The airport stated, “flights continue to be delayed and disrupted, so we urge you to only come to Terminal 1 if you have a confirmed booking”, and told customers to contact their airline for the latest information on their flight status.

Emirates paused check-in services yesterday for passengers departing the city, telling travelBulletin late yesterday, “[the decision] was made due to operational challenges caused by bad weather and road conditions”.

“Affected customers can contact their booking agent or Emirates contact centre for rebooking, while passengers arriving in Dubai and already in transit will continue to be processed for their flights.”

The airline also said that customers can expect delays to departures and arrivals, and should keep an eye the latest flight schedules on its website.

Flydubai has also confirmed the extended suspension of all departing flights from Dubai until 8pm 17 April (Dubai local time).

“While the severe weather conditions in Dubai have improved, logistical challenges on the ground require additional time to restore normal traffic operations, including those at the airport,” the budget carrier said.

Dubai recorded the heaviest rainfall in 75 years, with some areas lashed by more than 25cm in 24 hours – more than it sees in a year, according to the UAE state media office.

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