x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

UAE flights to New York, Moscow and New Delhi disrupted

Passengers travelling from the UAE have been advised to confirm their travel plans before heading to airports.

Flight delays caused by bad weather continue to affect UAE passengers, with disruptions continuing to flights to New York, Moscow and New Delhi.

Both New York and Moscow have experienced severe blizzards while fog affected services to New Delhi.

Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad said the weather conditions continued to disrupt flights to and from the three destinations.

"We continue to monitor the situation closely and will update this page should there be any more flight disruptions caused by the bad weather, " the carrier's website said.

Meanwhile, Emirates was continuing to delay flights to New York's JFK airport and was rerouting flights to Houston.

Both airlines were advising passengers to check the status of flights on their websites before departing for airports.

The severe weather conditions continue to wreak havoc for airports globally.

Irate holidaymakers beat up Aeroflot staff at a Moscow airport on Tuesday as thousands were stranded with little food or information, after icy rain and blackouts disrupted traffic for the third straight day, according the Reuters.
At Sheremetyevo where Russia's flagship carrier is based, Aeroflot personnel were afraid of dealing with agitated passengers, saying the airport did not have enough security guards, state-run RIA quoted an airline employee as saying.
Passengers stormed passport control at Moscow's Domodedovo, Russia's biggest airport, and riot police were dispatched.
"People are desperate. Fights have broken out. It feels like there is no air in here," one woman at Domodedovo told Vesti 24 television.
Meanwhile, beleaguered air travellers to and from the US north-east face continuing delays.
New York's three major area airports - John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark International in New Jersey - reopened late on Monday, but the cancellations of more than 5,000 flights meant a huge backlog and more delays.
"With all the cancellations and delays, it'll be two to three days before the airlines are at a regular schedule," said Thomas Bosco, LaGuardia's general manager.
A spokeswoman at the New York Port Authority, the office that manages regional airports and transit, told AFP that 94 flights had been cancelled at La Guardia, 281 cancelled at JFK, and 423 cancelled at Newark.
That was an improvement over Sunday and Monday, but the backlog also affected arriving flights. Late on Tuesday, weather-related delays of more than five hours for arriving flights were reported by JFK, and similar delays of three hours by Newark airport.
Conditions also remained gruelling for ground commuters, with bus, subway and train lines still snarled.
 
*With agencies