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Heavy Fog In DXB Causes Chaos  
User currently offlineBochora From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2008, 491 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7325 times:

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Dense fog has delayed flights and cancelled a LHR flight: is it the A380?

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User currently offlineHAMAD From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1159 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7216 times:

it isnt chaos... just some flight delays, the situation is now undercontrol with an average of 2 hours delay. we got a memo here at the head office that all connecting passengers are being reacomodated!


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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1652 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6993 times:



Quoting HAMAD (Reply 1):
it isnt chaos... just some flight delays, the situation is now undercontrol with an average of 2 hours delay. we got a memo here at the head office that all connecting passengers are being reacomodated!

That's great...I remember last year when the fog disrupted the airline for something like 48 hours or so and EK was criticised.


User currently offlineDavecFlyer From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 369 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6854 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 2):

That's great...I remember last year when the fog disrupted the airline for something like 48 hours or so and EK was criticised.

I thought that that was EY when AUH was closed due to fog but I could be wrong!



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6811 times:
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My boss is stuck in DXB en route to JNB, scheduled arrival was 14:00 local today, now expected at 23:00. Apparently incoming flights were being diverted to Doha and Bahrain.


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User currently offlineBochora From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2008, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6803 times:

What incoming flights were diverted?

User currently offline757ops From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6771 times:



Quoting DavecFlyer (Reply 3):
I thought that that was EY when AUH was closed due to fog but I could be wrong!

I once spent 3 days in AUH last year in fog, it was complete chaos, there were only a handful of staff for thousands of passengers. I queued for 4 hours to speak to somebody who said that she didnt know what was going on!

They were sending passengers onto flights that were not departing to just ease the congestion in the airport terminal!


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19199 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6752 times:

How many times per year does fog, or other weather, disrupt operations at DXB?


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User currently offline757ops From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6693 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7):
How many times per year does fog, or other weather, disrupt operations at DXB?

It can happen pretty much any day from early November through late February. I spoke to a few people in the region who say that fog in AUH and DXB is caused by the construction of the cities on the coast and it does not allow the heat/cool the escape between the water and the desert, very interesting I thought!


User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26860 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6607 times:



Quoting 757ops (Reply 6):
I once spent 3 days in AUH last year in fog, it was complete chaos, there were only a handful of staff for thousands of passengers. I queued for 4 hours to speak to somebody who said that she didnt know what was going on!

They were sending passengers onto flights that were not departing to just ease the congestion in the airport terminal!

Yes I remember it well. I remember posting the info on the Irish thread at the time. The DUB flights were majorly affected. They were busing people to RAK and everything was chaos. It really showed EY's weakness in being able to handle such situations. There was a total lack of planning and back up procedures.


User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3149 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6470 times:
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Quoting 757ops (Reply 8):
I spoke to a few people in the region who say that fog in AUH and DXB is caused by the construction of the cities on the coast and it does not allow the heat/cool the escape between the water and the desert, very interesting I thought!

This place is so great for creating stories like this that everybody then believes in... Fog has always been around, and it's actually good for moisturazation. The number of fog days has not increased over the last years - but the rain has, it seems, maybe because of the tall buildings piercing the clouds?!  Wink



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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1652 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6013 times:



Quoting DavecFlyer (Reply 3):
I thought that that was EY when AUH was closed due to fog but I could be wrong!

AUH had a recent closure, but the one that sticks in mind was in February/March 2008 IIRC at DXB when the ENTIRE network was allegedly pushed out of sync. Total chaos, especially wit T1's cramped facilities.
I would NOT have liked to have been a passenger flying via DXB at the time.


User currently offlineJet13 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3986 times:

Hmm. No wonder why it was sooo foggy in my Flight Simulator last night going into Dubai...It was a hard approach/landing. Is the fog still there? Are the pilots using ILS?


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User currently offlineLegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3331 times:

EK 225 was delayed into SFO today by almost four hours.


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User currently offlineGFFgold From Indonesia, joined Feb 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 3070 times:

In fairness, I suspect that in terms of total delays due to local bad weather per year the Gulf airports will fare better than many European counterparts.

That said, I'd hate to think of conditions in the terminal at either DXB or AUH if there were extraordinary delays - both places seem to be operating close to breaking point during the late evening rush.


User currently offlineAirbus1 From United Arab Emirates, joined Feb 2001, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

Very foggy at ground level in Dubai this morning. Quite surreal as you dont reach the fog until you are at a few hundred feet; but then it is like landing in dense cotton wool!

The taller buildings are all visible poking out of the low fog layer !

We aborted a CatIIIa approach on EK 385 and diverted to Muscat. Not sure where the rest of the morning arrivals went. Meant we were 4 hours late into Dubai arriving at 9am.

The new crew were ready to board as we disembarked in Dubai; a fast turnaround should restrict most delays to between 2 and 4 hours at worst. Expect similar delays tomorrow.

On the whole much happier to be in an EK777 when it is foggy than on Sheikh Zayeed Road !

Airbus1


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