Several flights delayed as thick fog engulfs Abu Dhabi

Visibility was between 500m to 1km, the National Center of Meteorology said

Residents in the Capital woke up to a dense cover of fog on Friday. The weather conditions affected both incoming and outgoing flights from the airport.

Entire Abu Dhabi City and western regions of Madinat Zayed, Ruwais, Sila and Ghayathi areas of Al Dhafra region were covered in fog. Visibility was between 500m to 1km, the National Center of Meteorology said.

With changing weather conditions, the NCM has urged residents to be on the alert.

“Residents should be careful while on the road and engaging in any outdoor activity,” the NCM said and urged residents to comply with advice issued by the authorities.

Making a forecast, the NCM said: “It will be fair to partly cloudy in general and hazy at times. There will be light to moderate winds. The relative humidity will increase during the night and early morning over some internal and coastal areas, with a chance of fog and mist formation.”

The Arabian Sea and Oman Sea are set to be slight to moderate.

Several flights delayed

There was overnight fog formation over Abu Dhabi International Airport and it affected travel plans of holidayers and weekend flyers as most of the flights got delayed.

Flights departing to Jeddah, Bahrain, Muscat, Cairo, Khartoum, Islamabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, Jakarta, Kathmandu, Colombo, Manila, Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles, Dallas, Dusseldorf, Seychelles, Paris, Puket, Athens, Rome, Dublin, Beirut and Amsterdam got delayed.

Also, flights arriving from Jeddah, Muscat, Bahrain, Kuwait, Cairo, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Brisbane and Dhaka were late by half-an hour to few hours.

“Abu Dhabi Airport experienced operational disruption early on Friday due to low visibility weather conditions,” Etihad Airways spokesman said.

“The airline continues to monitor the weather conditions and has contingency plans in place should there be any further disruption to its flight schedule.”

Passengers are advised to contact the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 (0) 2599 0000 for information.


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