Several hundreds of passengers were left stranded in the UAE due to bad weather ’cause of which numerous UAE-based carriers were forced to disrupt their travel routine. With over a dozen flights to have been delayed or canceled, all in the second day of the year itself, foggy conditions early in the morning are reported to have caused a great deal of stress among the passengers.
According to the information center at Dubai airport, it is reported that over 28 flights, which were bound to touch down at Dubai have been forced to delay their schedule due to the weather conditions. With passengers flying into the place from all around, most of them hailing from the UK, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Oman, New York and India, the arrivals counter in itself has been crowded since the past few days.
Among the outgoing flights, FlyDubai is supposed to have canceled nine of their flights today, adding to a total of 30 from its previous day. Commuters who had planned trips to Kuwait, Muscat, Kabul, Doha and Ha’il have been left waiting at the departure only for their flights to be canceled.
This comes at the advent of expecting the highest amount of travelers after the holiday season with the first week of the year being its busiest. And if it were an ideal day, over 250,000 passengers might have been expected to check into Terminal 3 at the Dubai Airport within the first three days of the New Year.
FlyDubai released a statement saying:
“Over the last four days, our operations at Dubai International and Al Maktoum International have been severely disrupted by dense fog occurring in the early hours of the morning, which has sometimes lasted until midday,
We are currently planning to operate to schedule (on January 2, but) fog is again forecast in the early hours of the morning, with visibility potentially reducing to below 100 meters). If this fog materializes, our operations will again be impacted.”