Emirates SkyCargo warns of delays following severe flooding in UAE

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Emirates SkyCargo has issued a warning to its customers to anticipate delays as the airline continues to grapple with backlogs resulting from severe flash flooding earlier this week.

On Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates experienced its most substantial rainfall in 75 years, with nearly 26cm of rain pouring down. This extreme weather event led to the temporary shutdown of Dubai International Airport (DXB) and the cancellation of approximately 300 flights on Wednesday.

While the airport has since resumed operations, Emirates SkyCargo has alerted customers to potential delays at both DXB and its freighter hub, Dubai World Central (DWC).

“Due to backlogged cargo at DXB and DWC, there may be delays to shipments,” Emirates SkyCargo stated. The carrier has also introduced specific guidelines for transporting special products and advised customers to contact their local Emirates SkyCargo office for the latest updates.

“We apologise to all customers affected by these disruptions and appreciate your ongoing understanding during this period,” the airline added. “We are collaborating with our partners and authorities to fully restore our scheduled operations.”

In response to the ongoing disruptions, DXB announced that it will temporarily limit the number of inbound flights. “To aid the recovery efforts, DXB will restrict the number of inbound flights from 12:00pm on April 19 for 48 hours. Departures will continue as normal,” the airport operator disclosed.