Thousands of passengers were left stranded in airports today as the dense fog in UAE disrupted air traffic and dozens of flights were canceled, diverted or delayed.
17 flights were canceled at the Dubai Airport, one of the busiest in the world as visibility dropped to below 100 meters. More than 100 incoming flights were either diverted to nearby airports or delayed, according to the flight schedule at the airport.
“Dubai Airports is working with airlines and other stakeholders to ensure the comfort of our customers and normalize operations as quickly as possible,” a spokesman said.
The problem was compounded by the holiday rush at the airports, as thousands of foreign residents rushed to travel home for Christmas and the New Year. Many reached out to Emirates and Dubai Airports via social media to sound their frustration.