Dubai Airport warns of ongoing flight disruptions due to heavy rainfall and flooding

2020-01-12 09:10 - Selene Brophy
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Heavy rainfall is causing travel disruptions in Dubai, with travellers warned to keep in contact with their respective airlines and to allow extra travel time for their journeys.

Dubai Airport issued an advisory on Sunday, 12 January stating heavy rainfall has caused flight disruptions and traffic congestion - passengers should contact their airlines to confirm alternative arrangements. 

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"We advise customers to allow significant extra time to get to the airport and use Dubai Metro," says Dubai Airport - with weather disruptions expected until Monday, 13 January.

Emirates has also advised that "heavy rainfall has caused disruptions to several flights". The airline requested passengers to check their flight status via its website.

"Customers affected by flight cancellations are automatically rebooked on the next available flight. Customers are being contacted and sent their updated booking to the email address registered with Emirates at the time of booking," says Emirates.

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On Saturday the Government of Dubai's media office confirmed "rainfall reached 150mm/hour for two-and-a-half hours, resulting in water ponds in some areas".

Last year in mid-December the global hub experienced similar heavy rainfall, which caused significant flight delays. Dubai's winter period is usually the most pleasant for its hot desert climate, with thunderstorms not uncommon during this time between October and April. However, rainfall has been increasing over the past few decades, accumulating to 130 mm (5.12 in) per year.

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