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Dubai Int'l returns to normal operations after Emirates crash

Dubai Airports says all remaining capacity restrictions have been lifted 'sooner than anticipated'

Dubai Int'l returns to normal operations after Emirates crash

All remaining capacity restrictions have been lifted at Dubai International Airport following the crash landing involving an Emirates plane on Wednesday, its operator said on Saturday.

Dubai Airports confirmed that the airport is back to normal operations, three days after after authorities cleared the wreckage of an Emirates Boeing 777 that crashed and burned as it arrived from India.

"The ability to prioritise large aircraft has enabled a return to regular scheduled activity sooner than anticipated," Dubai Airports said in a statement.

"We continue to work with our airline partners and stakeholders in order to ensure that the few remaining passengers affected by the disruption reach their ultimate destination as soon possible."

On Thursday, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths told a press conference that one of the airport's two runways had re-opened.

A total of 237 inbound and departing flights were cancelled after the crash and another 44 flights coming into the country were diverted to nearby airports. About 19,000 passengers were affected, it said.

All 300 passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the Emirates plane after the crash, which occurred when the crew apparently tried to abort a landing. One firefighter was killed on the ground.

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