Dubai flight operations hit by power failure
Dubai, October 10, 2012
Flight operations at the Dubai International Airport were affected on Wednesday morning for two hours following the loss of power to a critical runway backup system required during foggy conditions, said senior officials.
The Dubai airport, the world's fourth busiest hub for passengers and cargo, was forced to close both its runways at 6.45am resulting in the diversion of 50 flights to a number of airports in the region including Dubai World Central, Al Ain, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Muscat and Bahrain, they added.
Confirming the temporary closure, Dubai Airports, which owns and manages the operation and development of the emirate's airports, said the runway operations were finally restored at 8.30am.
Dubai Airports said it was working with airlines, air traffic and ground services staff to restore operations, clear the backlog and limit customer inconvenience.
As further flight delays are anticipated as a result of the disruption, passengers are advised to check with their airline or airline websites for further information on flight arrival and departure time, it said in a statement.-TradeArabia News Service