Dubai – Dubai International Airport has returned to normal after two days of severe weather, including sandstorms. Due to the severe sandstorm that swept through the country over the past 2 days, 44 flights were cancelled and 12 were diverted.
Authorities have asked passengers who wish to fly from the UAE this week not to forget to check their schedules in case of inclement weather or low visibility. Although there was sand and dust in the air, visibility was reduced to 500m in some areas and operations at Dubai International Airport weren’t significantly disrupted yesterday morning. Although many flights from Dubai were delayed for up to 50 minutes due to weather conditions, disruptions were minimal. Weather changes in the region caused delays for the last two day.
According to an airport representative, operations at Dubai International Airport (DXB), are now normal. Between Sunday afternoon, and Monday morning 44 flights were cancelled. 12 flights were diverted to Dubai World Central, (DWC), and then returned to Dubai International Airport. All passengers are asked to contact their airlines for information regarding the status of their flights.
Monday morning, the National Meteorological Center issued an advisory about severe weather in Abu Dhabi International, Al Bateen, and Al Maktoum International Airports. Horizontal visibility was reduced by 1,000 meters due to dust clouds blowing. Fly Dubai and Emirates have also advised passengers to visit their websites before they go to the airport to avoid delays or cancellations.
Officials said that Etihad Airways’ flights from Abu Dhabi to continue as usual without any disruptions to their schedules. There was no lag or interruption. It stated that the teams continue to monitor the weather conditions.