Monday, December 25, 2017

Heavy fog disrupts flights at UAE airports

Emirates Airlines has cancelled and delayed several inbound and outbound flights on Sunday due to heavy fog in Dubai, a spokesperson of the airline was quoted as saying in a media report.

Emirates Airlines urged clients to check the status of their flights through the airline's call centre or website, reported state-run news agency Wam.

"The safety of passengers and crew is a top priority for us," said the airlines.

Meanwhile Etihad Airways has anticipated some flight delays and cancellations due to heavy fog forecasts in Abu Dhabi over the next few days.

As a consequence, some return flights into Abu Dhabi are also expected to face disruption, according to the company's spokesman.

Guests holding bookings over the next few days are advised to check the status of their flights at or through the Etihad Airways Mobile App before proceeding to the airport, reported Wam.

The company will continue to monitor the adverse weather conditions in Abu Dhabi and have in place contingency plans in the event of further disruption to its operations, added the spokesman, reiterating that "the safety of our guests and crews remains our utmost priority."

Fog formation decreasing by Thursday, Friday: NCM

The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) has expected the weather to be humid at night and early morning with fog and mist formation over scattered areas, and partly cloudy to fair in general, said Wam.

Wind will be light to moderate Northwesterly to Northeasterly, with speed of 15 – 25 km/h reaching 30 km/h at times, with fresh northwesterly winds starting from Tuesday evening especially toward west and over the sea, reaching 40 km/h.

Sea will be slight to moderate in Arabian Gulf becoming rough by Tuesday evening and slight to moderate in Oman Sea.

From Wednesday to Friday, it will be humid at night and early morning with a probability of fog and mist formation especially over the internals and western areas, where opportunities and places of fog formation are gradually decreasing, especially on Thursday and Friday. The amount of clouds will increase at times over the sea, eastern and northern areas during Wednesday and Thursday.

The wind will continue light to moderate Northwesterly, becoming easterly and Northeasterly by Thursday morning, freshening at times over the sea with speed of 15 – 25 km/h reaching 40 km/h. Sea will turn rough to moderate in Arabian Gulf, becoming slight to moderate by Friday, and moderate in general in Oman Sea, becoming rough at times by Thursday daytime.

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