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Tue 28 Dec 2010 12:37 PM

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UAE carriers fight to keep US services on schedule

No cancellations despite closures of New York airports due to snowfall

UAE carriers fight to keep US services on schedule
A traveler waits with her bags at John F. Kennedy International Airport. A massive snowstorm crippled much of the Northeastern United States leaving up to a foot of snow in New York City and grounding flights

Despite the temporary closure of all the major airports in the New York area due to a blizzard, Gulf carriers are fighting to keep their services to the US on schedule.

Neither Emirates nor Etihad have thus far cancelled any flights to America. However, both carriers’ flights faced severe disruptions yesterday.

Emirates’ two services to New York were diverted to Chicago and Toronto. EK203 is scheduled to continue to New York today, while EK201 flew to John F Kennedy (JFK) airport after a short stop in Toronto.

“Operations are returning to normal; however Emirates customers are advised to check the status of their flight on emirates.com for possible changes or delays,” said an Emirates spokesperson in a statement sent to Arabian Business.

“Flight information will be updated on the website every five minutes. Emirates apologises for any inconvenience caused.”

Meanwhile, Etihad’s Boxing Day service from JFK to Abu Dhabi will instead depart today. EY101 from Abu Dhabi was diverted to Chicago, and will return to the UAE via JFK today.

EY101 will leave Abu Dhabi at 2315 for JFK today, and the return flight will operate with a delay, departing JFK at 0710 local time.

“Etihad is keeping guests informed as well as encouraging customers to check its website for the latest flight information,” said an Etihad spokesperson.

“Any further airport closures will be determined by airport authorities.”

JFK, La Guardia and Newark airports were all closed until Monday evening due to the heavy snow. All three are now in the process of catching up on more than 4,500 departing and arriving flights that were cancelled since Sunday.


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