Flights resume at Abu Dhabi Int'l after closure, Dubai also disrupted

Update: Etihad, Emirates announce cancellations and delays as severe weather hits UAE's airports
Flights resume at Abu Dhabi Int'l after closure, Dubai also disrupted
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By Staff writer
Wed 09 Mar 2016 12:50 PM

Flights at Abu Dhabi International have been resumed after a suspension on Wednesday morning due to the severe weather conditions.

Officials at the capital’s airport earlier issued a statement saying the suspension was taken in line with aviation regulations.

“Due to severe weather conditions, flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport are suspended until further notice, for the safety of our passengers and in line with civil aviation regulations,” said the statement.

The airport's official Twitter feed has now been updated to say flights have resumed "as normal".

Operator Abu Dhabi Airports also issued a statement to confirm that there has not been any ceiling damage at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

"A video circulating on social media shows a ceiling collapsing at Sky Park Plaza opposite Terminal 3 and not at Abu Dhabi International Airport. There were no injuries suffered and the ceiling is being repaired," it said.

Etihad Airways said 10 flights scheduled to depart from the airport were delayed, and a further seven incoming flights were diverted to Al Ain airport, three to Dubai World Central, and one flight returned to Muscat.

"Etihad Airways regrets any inconvenience caused by this disruption and as always, the safety of our guests and crew remains our top priority," it added.

Emirates Airline said in a statement that weather conditions in Dubai had caused 10 cancellations and other delays to flights arriving and departing from Dubai International Airport on Wednesday.

"Passengers affected have been rebooked on the next available flights and have also been provided hotel accommodation. Emirates passengers travelling today are requested to check their flight status before heading to the airport. Emirates apologises for the inconvenience. The safety of our crew and passengers is of utmost importance and will not be compromised," said an Emirates spokesperson.

The UAE Air Expo 2016 has also been cancelled, with details on tomorrow's schedule due to be announced later.

Passengers at Dubai International Airport are also facing major delays, according to Emirates airline, which issued a warning to customers to check the latest flight status on the airline’s website.

Heavy rain, strong winds, as well as thunder and lightning, in the UAE affected transport in all emirates, with many roads severely flooded.

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