Delhi-Dubai flight among 2 di­verted over drone ac­tiv­ity

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New Delhi: Emirates’ Delhi-Dubai flight on Sun­day was among the two flights that could not land at their desti­na­tion city as the air­port there had to be shut down for some time due to sus­pected drone ac­tiv­ity. The flight, EK-511, had to be di­verted to nearby Shar­jah.

In a state­ment, Emirates said: “Dubai In­ter­na­tional air­port (DXB) was closed from 12.36pm to 12.51pm lo­cal time due to sus­pected drone ac­tiv­ity in the sur­round­ing airspace. As a re­sult, flight EK 433 from Bris­bane and Sin­ga­pore to DXB was di­verted to Dubai World Cen­tral (DWC) and flight EK 511 from Delhi to DXB was di­verted to Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SHJ).”

“The di­verted flights will re­turn to DXB as the airspace has now re­opened. Emirates will as­sist af­fected pas­sen­gers with al­ter­na­tive re­book­ing op­tions and ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion where re­quired. Emirates re­grets any in­con­ve­nience caused but the safety of our pas­sen­gers and crew is of ut­most im­por­tance and will not be com­pro­mised,” she added.

Unau­tho­rised drone ac­tiv­ity has seen a grow­ing in­ci­dence of busy air­ports be­ing forced to shut op­er­a­tions on either a par­tic­u­lar run­way or com­pletely for some time. The af­fected air­ports in the past few months have in­cluded Delhi’s IGIA, Sin­ga­pore Changi and Lon­don Gatwick. Au­thor­i­ties glob­ally are try­ing to tackle the men­ace of unau­tho­rised fly­ing of drones near air­ports.

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