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UAE: Dubai Airports back to normal operations

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has resumed normal operations nearly a week after the UAE experienced its heaviest rainfall in 75 years, which resulted in waterlogged roads and flooded homes.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said that the airport has returned to its normal flight schedule since yesterday and is back to operating around 1,400 flight movements a day.

He said that roads in and around the airport fully cleared of water accumulation.

During the disruption, 2,155 flights were canceled, and 115 were diverted, with 31 flights rerouted to Dubai World Central (DWC). By April 19, all affected passengers at both airports had been assisted and continued their journeys.

“Guest welfare remained a key priority throughout,” Griffiths said, adding that over 75,000 food packs were delivered across DXB and DWC despite initial challenges in transporting supplies due to road closures.

While certain challenges persist, including processing the baggage backlog, Griffiths assured that the airport is “working closely with our service partners” to address the remaining issues, expressing gratitude for guests’ patience.

Griffiths said that passengers are advised to arrive at their terminals only three hours before their flight departures to avoid congestion and facilitate smoother operations.

(Inputs from ANI)

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