Long wait for passengers
Massive delays following EK incident
Thousands of passengers endured delays of up to five hours after Dubai International Airport was closed following yesterday’s incident involving an Emirates Airline aircraft.
Flight EK521, travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in India, was forced into an emergency landing at 12.45pm.
Dozens of flights were affected and some incoming flights were diverted to Al Maktoum and Sharjah airports, leaving many relatives and friends seeking answers in the arrivals halls.
At the T3 departures hall, the situation was worse. Hundreds of passengers were told their flights were delayed. Families occupied the airport seats, floor and coffee shops. Some were even told to go home if they lived close by and to stay in touch with the airport for further updates.
Mohammed Magdy, 36, from Egypt, was left disappointed when he was asked to take a seat since his flight to Cairo had been delayed for five hours.
He said: “I live in Sharjah, it is impossible for me to go back home, I have been here for two hours and now I have to wait for five more hours with my wife and little daughter.”
Cory Thwaites was planning to travel with his two children to Nairobi in Kenya when he was asked to go home and wait.
“I came to catch my plane at 4pm to Nairobi, when we were told to return back at 8pm,” said the 48-year-old Briton, who lives in Dubai. “Emirates asked us to return home or wait in the airport because of the delay on the runway.”
Syrian Saeed Najah, 33, was also instructed to return back to the terminal at 6pm after his flight to Jordan was delayed.
“I was going to Jordan at 3pm to meet my family and I was told to come back,” he said. “It’s frustrating. I was here on a visit visa trying to find a job and my visa finished and I decided to leave. I will wait in the airport now.” Najah sat on the floor and called his mother to tell her he was fine, but will arrive back in Jordan late. “It’s just bad luck,” he added. “I was returning empty handed and now this delay.”
By 6.30pm departures had resumed.
DELAYS: Every single flight on this board was affected