Dubai floods ground over 30 flights, airlines scramble amid chaos

Dubai, Apr 17 (IANS): Over 30 flights, including those operated by Air India Express, Air India, IndiGo, Emirates and SpiceJet airlines, to and from India have been cancelled due to severe flooding in Dubai, triggered by the heaviest rainfall witnessed in decades.

The Dubai airport, one of the world's busiest, on Wednesday also advised passengers not to head to the hub “unless absolutely necessary”. Footage circulating on social media showed the airport's runways flooded and planes attempting to navigate through pools of water.

IndiGo, in a tweet, announced the cancellation of all flights to and from Dubai due to operational challenges arising from adverse weather and road conditions.

“All flights to/from #Dubai stand cancelled due to operational challenges caused by bad weather and road conditions. Please explore our alternate flight options or request for a full refund,” IndiGo said in a tweet.

The airline spokesperson told IANS that a total of 13 flights were cancelled from and to Dubai on Wednesday and passengers were informed accordingly.

Similarly, Air India Express (AIX) reported disruptions to its services, citing adverse weather conditions affecting air travel to the UAE.

The airline said that three to four flights scheduled for April 16 and 17 experienced delays, with seven flights ultimately cancelled.

“Passengers were provided the option of a full refund or free rescheduling,” said the AIX.

Meanwhile, SpiceJet and Air India are yet to provide official statements regarding the situation. However, SpiceJet issued a tweet cautioning passengers about potential disruptions to departures and arrivals due to the adverse weather conditions in Dubai.

Emirates, Dubai's flagship carrier, said it has suspended check-in at the Dubai airport for departing passengers until midnight due to what it called “operational challenges” caused by bad weather and road conditions.

On Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was lashed by downpours described by its National Centre of Meteorology as the heaviest rainfall in the past 75 years.

As a result, the federal government announced extending remote working for all state employees to Wednesday.








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  • Suresh, Kinnigoli

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    When third world country turns to second world country without proper readiness

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  • Steve, Shirva

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    My third world country under MODIJI is much better and safer place then first world country for first world citizens.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Perils of living in third world countries???

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    @Monty Dotor; this is a very unexpected development (due to radical climate changes) for these arid and desertified countries; their roads, drainage systems, and other infrastructure/amenities was never planned to handle such monstrous cloud bursts and hurricanes; but they have the wherewithal (both financially, technically, and otherwise) to get back to their feet in the shortest possible time unlike third world places; just check out the casualty rates and other material losses, Dubai AP being the most busiest business hub in the world; if an identical natural havoc would have happened in a third world place (historically a tropical place) the consequences would have been disastrous and unfathomable both in terms of loss to life and property!! This is a very personal, unbiased and objective opinion; please do not believe in anybody's personal opinion, kindly do your own research and analysis!

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Thanks for your comments i have just forwarded your comments to my local friends and informed them to see the hate .and to be careful as there are many Cheddis with your Mentality in here and to find them .

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Mysterious are the ways of Nature; rains and storms created havoc in the deserts of the Arabian Gulf, but sternly evading a parched out tropical country of even one good bountiful pre-monsoon shower!

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Cloud seeding is like body building on steroids. There are side effects

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Cloud seeding etc are only patchwork type jobs (known in Hindi as "thuk lagane ka dhanda")! Being blessed with the be autiful Western Ghats and two rivers accompanied with bountiful monsoons, there are many old ideas right in our old traditions , which we can follow.....! If possible study the system of 'weirs' a type of dam used in Europe for conservation of water....

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  • Indian, India

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    This is nothing to do with cloud seeding. The weather bureau alerted about the heavy rain fall a week head.

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