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Most Indian carriers cancel Dubai flights after Emirates crash

india Updated: Aug 04, 2016 12:52 IST
Tushar Srivastava, Hindustan Times
Emirates Crash

An Emirates Airline flight is seen after it crash-landed at Dubai International Airport, the UAE August 3, 2016. (Reuters Photo)

Most Indian carriers on Thursday cancelled or rerouted their scheduled flights to and from Dubai as authorities restricted operations a day after an Emirates flight from India with 300 people on board crash-landed at the international airport.

Passengers, mostly Indians, had a narrow escape after the Emirates flight from Thiruvananthapuram crash-landed and exploded on the runway in Dubai, shutting down one of the world’s busiest airports. All passengers and crew were safely evacuated. However, a Dubai-based firefighter died while putting out flames after the accident.

“Dubai- only widebody aircraft allowed till 7 AM tomorrow. Air India routing thru Sharjah, Jet thru Sharjah&Abudhabi & Indigo,Spicejet cncld today,” aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju tweeted.

Budget carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet said they have cancelled all flights to Dubai from various domestic destinations.

“Our flights to & from Dubai are cancelled for the day,” IndiGo said in a tweet.

“Apologies for inconvenience. All to/from Dubai flights stands cancelled for today,” SpiceJet also tweeted.

Full-service carrier Jet Airways announced its schedule on its website, saying a number of its Dubai flights have been cancelled or clubbed with others.

“Jet Airways has clubbed its flights from Mumbai to Dubai in larger A330 aircraft. We are operating some of our Dubai flights to Sharjah and Abu Dhabi,” a Jet Airways spokesperson said.

Dubai International airport, the world’s third-busiest, closed minutes after the crash-landing and diverted flights for long-haul carrier Emirates and others across the UAE and into other countries. It reopened partly after suspending operations for nearly six hours on Wednesday.

“After resuming departure operations at 18.30hrs, Dubai Airports has now commenced arrival operations at DXB under restricted capacity. DXB is operating with one runway, with arriving flights being given priority over departures,” Dubai airport announced on Twitter.

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