Snow continues to hit Emirates' Europe flights

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share

Dubai’s Emirates Airline confirmed increased snowfall in Europe has continued to disrupt flights to and from the Gulf, as airport operators braced themselves for further delays.

London's Heathrow airport cancelled 10 percent of flights on Monday, a day after it cut its capacity by a fifth, and said services could face further delays with more snowfall expected.

London Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, said it cut around 130 flights from its schedule on Monday to allow more space between aircraft because of low visibility.

As snowfall continued in the UK, London’s main airport canceled more than 400 flights on Friday, while 100 were axed on Saturday.

Similarly, France's transport ministry said in a statement airlines had been asked to cut flight services by that amount at the two main airports on Paris's outskirts, Charles de Gaulle to the north and Orly to the south.

"Emirates is closely monitoring the weather situation in Europe and the impact it will have on flights over the next 24 hours,” an Emirates spokesperson said.

“Both London Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris have issued compulsory capacity restrictions. As a result, Emirates flights EK29 and EK30 (Dubai - London Heathrow - Dubai) on 21 January have been re-routed to London Gatwick and operated with a Boeing 777 instead of an A380, and flights EK71 and EK72  (Dubai - Paris - Dubai) on 21 January have been cancelled.

“Flight EK46 (Frankfurt - Dubai) was unable to depart before curfew due to adverse conditions and is now scheduled to depart at 14:00 local time, subject to local weather conditions,” the statement added.

Further light snowfalls are forecast through Monday and Tuesday, national weather service the UK Met Office told Reuters.

Ferrovial's Heathrow has spent GBP£36m (US$57m) on upgrading its winter weather equipment since 2010 - a year that saw it face heavy criticism after it almost shut down when snow hit just before Christmas. It now has 130 snow-clearing vehicles.

London's second airport, Gatwick, said it was operating as normal on Monday morning but that delays and some flight cancellations were likely because of adverse weather across Europe.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Amman-based Royal Jordanian both said their scheduled flights into Europe were currently operating as normal.

Related:
Companies
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Stronger together? Reviewing Emirates' historic partnership with Qantas

Stronger together? Reviewing Emirates' historic partnership with Qantas

One year after the “historic” Emirates-Qantas partnership deal...

Air Arabia to use tried and tested model in Ras Al Khaimah

Air Arabia to use tried and tested model in Ras Al Khaimah

Air Arabia signed an agreement last month to become the official...

Is Saudi Arabia ready for take off?

Is Saudi Arabia ready for take off?

Saudi Arabia has announced two new airlines and $30bn worth of...

1
Most Discussed
  • 15
    Germany puzzled as UAE think tank ordered to close

    Matt, your words sound kind of funny given the role the Britain has played in this region for so many decades.
    And given the democratic tradition that... more

    Thursday, 17 April 2014 7:10 PM - one of the joes
  • 10
    UAE father who whipped son to death wins appeal

    "Under Sharia, a parent cannot be executed for killing their child"
    A spouse could be executed if he/she kills his/her spouse, as none of them is... more

    Friday, 18 April 2014 3:38 PM - Nihar
  • 3
    To diet or not to diet?

    It is best to eat by your blood type. Following this diet is miraculous. Generic diets don't always work as certain foods are not good for the individual... more

    Friday, 18 April 2014 11:49 AM - Shamira Mitha
  • 54
    Three UAE women attacked with hammer at London hotel

    I really feel that Arabian Business.Com should now close this comments page. This should be all about sympathy for the families not what it is/has turned... more

    Wednesday, 16 April 2014 1:06 PM - Adrienne
  • 51
    Why Dubai isn't a plastic city

    What is definitely not a plastic city. The Arabs have a culture dating back to several centuries. 50 years back Dubai was just a fishing village. Today... more

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014 3:49 PM - P. MADHUSUDAN
  • 48
    DMCC boss Ahmed Bin Sulayem entertains Robert Mugabe in Dubai

    @fga ''However today, simply because he decided to dispossess a few white farmers of their land and redistribute to the poorer indigenous blacks'' more

    Sunday, 13 April 2014 3:02 PM - Matt Williams