CEO Paul Griffiths said that 2,155 flights were cancelled during the unprecedented weather last week…

Dubai Airports have returned to full capacity and are operating as normal again, CEO Paul Griffiths has announced. Both Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) have restored regular operations after the UAE experienced the heaviest rainfall in 75 years last week.

During the unprecedented weather, some 2,155 flights were cancelled and a further 115 were diverted, the CEO of Dubai Airports explained. However, now at full capacity, DXB is operating its typical 1,400 flight movements per day again.

As well as returning to regular operations at the airport, the roads in and around DXB ave also been cleared of water, making accessing the terminals easier for those flying in and out. “It has been the most challenging adverse weather event we’ve had to navigate, and our people and partners worked tirelessly to keep the operation running and to assist our guests,” Griffiths said.

During the disruption, over 75,000 food packs were distributed across both airports, as passengers faced delays, cancellations, and long wait times in the airport.

There still remains a backlog of passengers awaiting rescheduled flights, for which passengers are asked to contact their airline or travel agent directly for rebooking. Another challenge that the airports continue to face is processing a backlog of baggage, which Griffiths said on LinkedIn yesterday, Tuesday April 23, that they were “actively working with our partners to dispatch all bags within the next 24 hours.”

Those travelling to the airport in the coming days are asked to arrive at the airport no more than three hours prior to departure, to avoid unnecessary congestion.