Heavy rainfall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates has disrupted several Emirates flights departing from or arriving at Dubai International Airport on Saturday.
The airline was forced to cancel or delay several flights while other flights scheduled to arrive Dubai were delayed, it was learnt. Reports said other flights to Lagos and Abuja were only delayed, including flight EK786 to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Flight EK783 flight to Murtala Muhammed International Airport scheduled to arrive Lagos at 3:40, was also delayed and estimated to arrive Lagos at 20:44hrs due to late departure of the operating aircraft from originating airport in Dubai.
This was believed to be as a result of the flood, which authorities in Dubai are said to be working tirelessly to fix.
The airline, in a statement posted on its website, said : “Emirates has taken precautionary measures including rerouting all flights away from areas of possible conflict.
“Customers are requested to check their flight status on the link below for the latest information regarding their flights. Emirates apologizes for any inconvenience caused.”
It said the safety of its passengers and crew “is of paramount importance and will not be compromised.”
Also Dubai Airports, in a statement posted on its Twitter Page, confirmed that operations at the airport “continue to be hampered by the knock-on effects of today’s heavy rainfall, resulting in a number of flight delays, cancellations & diversions.”
“We continue to work closely with our partners to restore full operations & minimise inconvenience to our customers,” it added.
The airport said however, that, with additional rain expected later this evening, the disruption is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.