300 Indians stranded at Al Maktoum airport after Dubai bound flight gets cancelled
Dubai | Jagran News Desk: As many as 300, mostly from Hyderbad, were stranded for over 12 hours at Dubai’s AI Maktoum International Airport on Saturday after Air India cancelled four Dubai-bound flights following water-logging at the destined airport after heavy rain.
According to a Times of India report, the Terminal 1 at the Dubai International Airport (DBX) was flooded. Due to this, many passengers missed their connecting flights from Dubai. However, they were rebooked on flights for January 14 or later.
Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said that AI 905 Chennai-Dubai flight landed in Dubai but took nearly five hours to reach the parking bay.
“AI 937 Calicut-Dubai was not even able to land so it was diverted to Al-Makhtoum (UAE) airport and now it is AOG (aircraft on ground) there,” Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said in a statement.
Among the flights that stand cancelled are, AI 995/996 - Delhi-Dubai-Delhi, AI 983/984 - BOM-Dubai-BOM, AI 951/952 - Hyderabad-BOM-Hyderabad and AI 905/906 - Chennai-Dubai-Chennai.
Meanwhile, Emirates also issued an advisory for its passengers at the airport and assured alternate arrangements for those who missed their flights adding that several flights to and from Dubai had been delayed.
“Heavy rainfall has caused disruptions to several flights departing from or arriving at Dubai. Customers are requested to check their flights status on https://emirates.com/flightstatus for the latest information,” the statement read.
Several videos and images were also posted on social media showing the airport submerged in water.
Meanwhile, some passengers said that there was a lack of support from the airline operators. “There is no Emirates official in this airport. No one here knows how to get us to Dubai. Most of our connecting flights to Seattle/San Francisco/Boston are rescheduled for January 14 and 15,” a passenger Prashanth Shanmugam -- quoted by Times of India -- said.
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