Emirates suspends all Dubai check-ins as airport flooded after huge rain deluge

Dubai International Airport diverted scores of incoming flights.
Dubai International Airport diverted scores of incoming flights. -Credit:AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of passengers are stuck at Dubai International Airport after the building suffered severe flooding from an intense storm.

Emirates has suspended all check ins until midnight due to the extreme weather. The airport — the second busiest in the world — was deluged on Tuesday after the UAE was hit by the most rain it has recorded in data going back to 1949.

Passengers were urged by the airport to stay away "unless absolutely necessary" after it was hit by more than a year's average rainfall in 24 hours.

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The airport issued a statement today (Wednesday) which said: "We advise you not to come to the airport, unless absolutely necessary.

"Flights continue to be delayed and diverted. Please check your flight status directly with your airline.

"We are working hard to recover operations as quickly as possible in very challenging conditions."

Emirates has now confirmed that check-ins for passengers departing from Dubai International Airport have been suspended from 8am to midnight on Wednesday. However, passengers arriving in Dubai and already in the air will continue to be processed.

Motorisits drive along a flooded street following heavy rains in Dubai.
Motorisits drive along a flooded street following heavy rains in Dubai. -Credit:AFP via Getty Images

Emirates operates a base from Glasgow Airport with an average of two flights a day from Glasgow to Dubai and two flights a day from Dubai to Glasgow.

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While Glasgow has so far avoided the worst of the delays, one flight from Dubai was delayed more than five hours, having been scheduled to depart at 7.50am today before finally taking off at 1.13pm. It is due to arrive at Glasgow Airport at 5.51pm.

The airline said: "Emirates is suspending check-in for passengers departing @DXB from 8:00am on 17 April until midnight, due to operational challenges caused by bad weather and road conditions. Affected customers can contact their booking agent or visit https://emirat.es/support for rebooking.

"Passengers arriving in Dubai and already in transit will continue to be processed for their flights. Customers can expect delays to departures and arrivals, and are advised to check the latest flight schedules on https://emirat.es/flightstatus.

"We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused. Emirates is working hard to restore our scheduled operations, and our teams will provide all possible support to affected customers. Please DM us if you require any assistance."