Dubai: Flight services from the UAE to Kuwait resumed late on Thursday after hours of disruptions due to unstable weather conditions that forced Kuwait International Airport to suspend air traffic.
All arriving flights to Kuwait were redirected to other airports in nearby countries due to heavy rains and poor visibility levels in the country, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said on Thursday.
Travel plans of hundreds of passengers flying from the UAE to Kuwait were briefly affected after flights were cancelled or delayed.
At least six flights from Dubai to Kuwait were cancelled as of 2pm on Thursday, a spokesperson of Dubai Airports confirmed to Gulf News.
Due to the brief disruptions in the services, Dubai Airports also urged passengers flying to Kuwait to check with their airlines for flight cancellations and delays.
According to the flight information service at Dubai International Airport, operations to Kuwait resumed later in the evening.
Airlines made rebooking and arranged wide-bodied aircraft to fly the affected passengers to their destinations at the earliest.
In Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways said it cancelled two of its flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Kuwait on Thursday. “Etihad Airways flights EY305 and EY301 from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) to Kuwait International Airport (KWI) on November 15 have been cancelled due to airport closure caused by heavy rains in Kuwait. The return flights, EY306 and EY302, have also been cancelled as a result of the closure,” an Etihad spokesperson said.
However, all affected guests have been transferred onto flights EY303 and EY304, which have been upgraded to wide-bodied aircraft. In the meantime, we are providing our delayed guests with food and refreshments, the airline said in a statement to Gulf News.
“Our guest control team is actively working to rebook affected guests with onward connections to their final destinations. The safety of our guests and crew is Etihad Airways’ highest priority,” the statement said.