Airlines cancel flights in and out of Dubai on Thursday
After yesterday’s crash landing of an Emirates plane at 12.47pm, operations at Dubai Airport are still behind schedule.
The airport announced at 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon that operations would be affected for another 48 hours.
In fact, some airlines have just cancelled all of their flights to and from Dubai, including Spice Jet, Indigo and Jet Airways. Flydubai has cancelled some of its flights.
Emirates Airlines has said that all “passengers holding tickets purchased on or before 3rd August 2016 can rebook or cancel their bookings at no charge”.
“After the resumption of departure operations at 1830 hours [non Wednesday, August 3], Dubai Airports has now commenced arrival operations at DXB under restricted capacity,” a statement from the airport said.
“DXB is operating with one runway, with arriving flights being given priority over departures,” a statement on the airport operator’s website says.
Some incoming flights are also being diverted to Al Maktoum and Sharjah airports. Yesterday alone, 19,000 passengers were affected by the pausing of operations.
You can check the status of your upcoming flight here – some have been delayed, others have been cancelled. The airport encourages people to contact their airline for updates.
Here’s a screengrab from the airport’s site showing updates on flights flying out today…
No flights left Dubai International Airport from 12.47pm to at least 6.30pm last night after after an Emirates flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai crash landed. Around 281 passengers and crew were on board the Boeing 777.
Everyone on board was evacuated safely, however a firefighter from Ras Al Khaimah Jassim Essa Al-Baloushi, died while working to save others during the incident.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 3, 2016
Sources say that the plane was forced to do an emergency “belly landing” due to issues with the landing gear.
MORE ON THE DELAYS
Suspending flights doesn’t come cheap. Any time Dubai International Airport has to close its airspace, it costs a staggering amount.
According to Michael Rudolf, Head of Aviation Regulations and Safety, the amount works out to around USD$1 million (Dhs3.67 million) per minute that the airspace is closed.
The airport is the world’s busiest international aviation hub, handling more than 200,000 passengers a day.
There were reports of some people sitting on planes due to depart for over five hours following the incident yesterday.
Here’s a statement from Emirates Airline’s chairman on the incident: