Drones force flight diversions near Dubai International Airport

Drones force flight diversions near Dubai International Airport
Published: 23 September 2019 - 7:48 a.m.
By: Logistics Middle East Staff

Suspected drone activity led to 15 minutes of flight disruptions at Dubai International Airport on Sunday, Dubai Airports and Emirates have confirmed.

In a statement, a Dubai Airports spokesperson said that "flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International (DXB) from 12:36 to 12:51 hours UAE local time this afternoon due to suspected drone activity resulting in the diversion of two flights."

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"Safety is our top priority and Dubai Airports is working closely with authorities and service partners to ensure normal operations and minimise inconvenience to our customers," the statement added.

According to an Emirates spokesperson, the incident led to the diversion of two flights.

One, flight EK 433 from the Australian city of Brisbane and Singapore to DXB was diverted to Dubai World Central. A second flight - EK 511 from New Delhi - was diverted to Sharjah.

"The diverted flights returned to Dubai International Airport when the airspace reopened," the spokesperson added. "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.”

DXB has had to contend with errant drones several times in the past. On February 15, for example, flight departures were suspected for approximately half an hour due to drone activity.

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