Emirates, sister airline flydubai resume normal operations after Dubai floods | Travel - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Emirates, sister airline flydubai resume normal operations after Dubai floods

Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Riyadh
Apr 21, 2024 05:01 PM IST

After the storm flooded taxiways, forcing flight diversions, delays and cancellations, Emirates and flydubai resume normal operations at Dubai airport

Dubai's flagship carrier Emirates and sister airline flydubai have restored normal operations after heavy rains caused severe flooding across the United Arab Emirates earlier this week, the airlines said on Saturday.

A Boeing 737 aircraft operated by FlyDubai flies near the landmark Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the world's tallest building, above the Dubai skyline. Emirates, sister airline flydubai resume normal operations after Dubai floods (File Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)
A Boeing 737 aircraft operated by FlyDubai flies near the landmark Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the world's tallest building, above the Dubai skyline. Emirates, sister airline flydubai resume normal operations after Dubai floods (File Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Emirates cancelled nearly 400 flights and delayed many more as a result of a record storm that hit the desert city of Dubai on Tuesday, said a statement released by the airline's president, Tim Clark.

Unlock exclusive access to the latest news on India's general elections, only on the HT App. Download Now! Download Now!

Due to the impact of the storm, the airline suspended check-in for passengers departing from Dubai and halted its transit operations through Dubai International Airport, a major global travel hub, leaving thousands of travellers stranded.

The airport has struggled to return to normal operations after the storm flooded taxiways, forcing flight diversions, delays and cancellations.

Flydubai also returned to its full flight schedule from the airport's Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 on Saturday following the weather-related disruption, a spokesperson for the airline said.

Clark said Emirates had provided 12,000 hotel rooms and 250,000 meal vouchers to customers who were affected. He added it would take days to clear the backlog of rebooked passengers.

The UAE has suffered the impact of the flooding for days, with roads between the city and Abu Dhabi still partially under water as of Saturday. In Abu Dhabi, some supermarkets and restaurants faced product shortages, unable to receive deliveries from Dubai.

Researchers have linked extreme weather events such as Tuesday's storm to climate change and anticipate that global warming will lead to higher temperatures, increased humidity and a greater risk of flooding in parts of the Gulf region.

A lack of drainage infrastructure to cope with heavy rains in countries such as the UAE can put them at particular risk of flooding.

Catch every big hit, every wicket with Crick-it, a one stop destination for Live Scores, Match Stats, Quizzes, Polls & much more. Explore now!.

Catch your daily dose of Fashion, Taylor Swift, Health, Festivals, Travel, Relationship, Recipe and all the other Latest Lifestyle News on Hindustan Times Website and APPs.
This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, May 30, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On