Hundreds of airline passengers were stranded at Dubai International Airport, as thick fog enveloped most part of the UAE Monday morning, causing disruptions in inbound and outbound flights.
Affected passengers include those headed for London, China, Qatar, South Africa and Iran, among other destinations. Some flights, including those bound for Bahrain and Heathrow were also canceled as a result.
Dubai residents traveling outside the country were advised to check their flight status as delays affected about 100 flights,
“Heavy fog is disrupting operations this morning at DXB resulting in delays of up to one hour on arriving and departing flights,” Dubai Airports announced.
“We are working with our partners to minimize passenger inconvenience.”
As of 11.20am, arriving flights from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, China were experiencing delays. Affected carriers include Emirates, China Southern Airlines, flydubai, Qantas and Qeshm Airlines,
Departing flights bound for Doha, Mauritius, Heathrow, Guangzhou, Durban and Isfahan were likewise moved to about an hour to three hours later.
“Emirates urges customers to check their flight status for the latest information regarding their flights. Emirates apologises for the inconvenience caused. The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised,” a spokesperson said.