x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Emirates cancels flights over Iceland volcano's ash cloud

Dubai carrier cancels Hamburg services, as Abu Dhabi's Etihad monitors situation.

Dubai carrier cancels services to Hamburg, where passengers are stranded, as Abu Dhabi's Etihad monitors situation.
Dubai carrier cancels services to Hamburg, where passengers are stranded, as Abu Dhabi's Etihad monitors situation.

DUBAI // Emirates was been forced to cancel two flights to Germany yesterday because of the ash cloud caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Flights EK059 and EK060 between Dubai and Hamburg were grounded after the airspace in northern Germany was closed by authorities.

Passengers for these flights can rebook on to today's EK055 to Dusseldorf and the return flight, EK058, or travel tomorrow (May26).

According to the Emirates website, ground transportation will be provided between Hamburg and Dusseldorf.

The cancellations were announced as ash continues to be spewed out by the Grimsvotn volcano, which erupted on May 22.

"All other flights to and from the UK and Europe continue to operate as per the schedule," said the statement on the Dubai-based carrier's website.

"Emirates continues to monitor the situation closely, in addition to liaising with the relevant authorities regarding the movement of the volcanic ash cloud."

Flights operated by Etihad to and from the UK and mainland Europe are currently operating as scheduled but the airline said it was monitoring the situation.

"The airline is in close liaison with aviation experts, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Rolls-Royce and General Electric, and has been assured that the airspace in areas where it operates is open and safe to fly," the company said in a statement on its website.

Passengers for both airlines are urged to check the status of their flights on the respective airlines' websites.

nhanif@thenational.ae