Severe fog Caused flight disruptions in and out of the UAE since the beginning of the new year.
On the first day of the new year, fog caused delays and cancellations at various airports across the UAE. The problem carried on into the second day of the year and ended up causing more cancellations at Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports.
On the second day of the new year, at least nine flights to various destinations including Doha, Kuwait, and Muscat were cancelled by the Dubai-based budget carrier FlyDubai.
According to a spokesperson for the company, “The safety of our passengers and crew remains our priority as we continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the advice of the relevant authorities. Hopefully, the weather is improving, and we will return to normal operations ASAP.”
The company kept her customers updated via the company’s Facebook page. The company warned that due to the weather conditions journey times to and from Dubai airport were liable to increase, so it was best for customers to check their flight status before heading off to the airport.
The situation in Abu Dhabi was not much better; flights landing at the Abu Dhabi International Airport suffered delays, with flights from India and Egypt experiencing substantial delays.
The Egyptair flight landed more than 8 hours late at 13:20 instead of its scheduled time of 04:35. There were further delays to flights leaving the airport, with the Egyptair flight to Cairo departing over six hours late at 14:20 instead of 05:35 and Air India Express’s flight finally getting off the ground at 11:05 instead of its usual 05:30 slot.
The fog continued into the 3rd and 4th days of the year. The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology has issued a warning about the possible build-up of fog in the western region of the country, which would lead to reduced visibility.
The centre also forecasts cloudy weather and the possibility of fog forming during the night due to the elevated levels of humidity.
If you are planning on travelling over the next couple of days, it is best to double check both the weather forecasts, as well as with your airline and the airport to avoid any unnecessary inconvenience.