Heavy fog causes flight delays and cancellations in UAE

Due to heavy fog in Abu Dhabi, flights are disrupted causing delay and cancellations on Sunday morning.

According to The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), the formation of fog and mist will continue and will be heavy in interior and coastal areas across the country will lead to poor visibility of less than 1 nautical mile.

The weather department of UAE made an announcement that the visibility will be between 500m to 1km. The early morning fog in Dubai will impact arrivals and departures.

According to flightradar24.com, few arrivals at Dubai International Airport have been delayed this morning. Although not confirmed but fog seems to be the reason for the delay.

Recently, there is massive rescheduling of inbound and outbound flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

All the city of Abu Dhabi and western regions of of Madinat Zayed, Ruwais, Sila and Ghayathi areas of Al Dhafra region were covered by thick blanket of fog on Friday morning.

There was dense fog over Abu Dhabi, eastern and western regions of the Capital from late night to afternoon on Saturday. A flight to Egypt capital of Cairo left Abu Dhabi International Airport around 5.35 AM after 10 hours delay on Saturday. The flight services from Dubai to Kochi in Indian state of Kerala set for 7am landing flew-in only by 1.45 pm – six hours and 45 minutes late.

The flights from Karachi, Islamabad, Kuwait, Cairo, Riga, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad were delayed and rescheduled. The flight to Damman got cancelled.

One Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Islamabad and Biman from Dhaka got diverted.

According to Etihad Airways, the heavy fog is forecast over next few days, the airlines expect some flights delay and cancellations and some return flights into Abu Dhabi are also expected to face disruption.

“Etihad Airways continues to monitor the adverse weather conditions in Abu Dhabi and has in place contingency plans in the event of further disruption to its operations. Etihad Airways regrets any inconvenience caused which is beyond our control, and thanks guests for their understanding during this holiday period,” Etihad Airways spokesperson said in a statement.

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