May 21, 2024
Aviation Travel

Adverse Weather Disrupts Dubai International Airport’s Operations

Certain Inbound Flights Diverted On April 16

Dubai International (DXB) Airport announced on April 16, 2024, that its operations experienced severe disruptions due to adverse weather conditions.

Heavy rain and flooding across the UAE disrupted the airport’s normal functioning, causing significant challenges for travellers and airport authorities.

According to a spokesperson for Dubai Airports – operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) Airports – inbound flights scheduled for arrival on April 16 evening were temporarily diverted as the UAE experienced an exceptional weather event. Departures, however, continued as usual.

Dubai Duty Free section at DXB’s Terminal 3. Credit: Arnold Pinto

The spokesperson added that the airport authorities worked with response teams and service partners to mitigate passengers’ inconvenience and restore normal operations.

Travellers are advised to stay in touch with their airlines for the latest flight information, allocate extra time for travel to the airport, and consider using the Dubai Metro network for smoother transit where feasible.

On April 16, DXB faced significant disruptions as heavy rain and flooding persisted. Due to the intensity of the rainstorm, operations were temporarily suspended for 25 minutes during the afternoon, which led to the cancellation of 21 outbound and 24 inbound flights since early morning.

Flights Diverted

Additionally, three flights had to be diverted to neighbouring airports. Major flooding on access roads leading to the airport compounded the challenges, with weather forecasts indicating continued delays and disruptions into the early hours of April 17.

According to the airport spokesperson, response teams actively collaborate closely with airlines and service partners to expedite restoring normal operations at DXB.

DXB is the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic. Credit: Arnold Pinto

The series of updates underscores the resilience and collaborative efforts of Dubai Airports and its partners in managing weather-related challenges to ensure the safety and convenience of passengers amidst adverse conditions.

On April 15, 2024, Airports Council International (ACI) named DXB the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic for the 10th year. Flights out of and into the airport hub connect 270 destinations worldwide. Lufthansa is a regular airline at the airport.

Featured image: Dubai Airports owns and operates Dubai International (DXB) Airport. Credit: Arnold Pinto

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    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto is an award-winning journalist with wide-ranging Middle East and Asia experience in the tech, aerospace, defence, luxury watchmaking, business, automotive, and fashion verticals. He is passionate about conserving endangered native wildlife globally. Arnold enjoys 4x4 off-roading, camping and exploring global destinations off the beaten track.
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