Etihad cancels 20 flights, revises timings over Abu Dhabi fog

Passengers booked on cancelled flights to be reallocated to later flights. (File)

Update: In a new statement, Etihad Airways says it’s expecting to restore its normal schedule within 24 hours after severe fog disrupted flight operations yesterday.

Following a major restructuring of operations overnight, including cancellations of 20 flights, the carrier states aircraft congestion at Abu Dhabi has eased, with many disrupted services departing and delayed inbound services arriving in the UAE capital.

In addition, the airline states rebooking of many of its passengers on later flights, or their transfer to other airlines, has helped ease the pressure on Abu Dhabi International Airport, while the cancellation or deferral of flights around the network has provided more pilots and cabin crew to operate rescheduled services.

The carrier further states the main focus on Sunday is to provide flights for the passengers still stranded in Abu Dhabi and other ports around the network following yesterday’s disruption.

During the past 24 hours, the airline confirms it has booked more than 2,000 hotel rooms in Abu Dhabi to accommodate guests affected by the disruptions.

Earlier: The Abu Dhabi-based carrier announced it has restructured its flight schedule for Saturday and Sunday, as it recovers from operational disruption caused severe fog at Abu Dhabi Airport.

In a statement, the airline said: “Twenty return flights have been cancelled, with a number of flights subject to revised times.

“Guests originally booked on cancelled flights will be reallocated to later flights.”

According to Etihad’s revised schedule, some flights are delayed by nearly 12 hours, with routes affected including Delhi, Islamabad, Zurich, Manila, Johannesburg, Milan and more.

On Saturday, Flight EY11, an Airbus A380 service from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow, was rescheduled to depart at 1am on Sunday, rather than its usual time of 2.35am.

The airline is also urging any passengers who can defer their travel to, from, or through Abu Dhabi, up to and including Tuesday 6 January, to rebook on later flights. 

This can also be done through the global contact centres.

The airline is waiving normal cancellation and refund fees during this period.

Last week, Etihad had confirmed it had rescheduled 16 flights due to low visibility caused by the fog at Abu Dhabi Airport.
 
The UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology has forecasted foggy conditions over scattered parts of the country over the next three days.
 
The revised flight schedule is listed below.

 

The cancelled flights include:

Arrivals

           

Departure Date

Flight number

From

To

Original Departure Time

Original Arrival Time

03-Jan-15

EY

310

Kuwait City

Abu Dhabi

23:00

01:40

03-Jan-15

EY

8

Frankfurt

Abu Dhabi

21:55

07:15

04-Jan-15

EY

385

Muscat

Abu Dhabi

05:25

06:30

04-Jan-15

EY

232

Islamabad

Abu Dhabi

03:45

06:35

04-Jan-15

EY

390

Doha

Abu Dhabi

04:30

06:35

04-Jan-15

EY

306

Kuwait City

Abu Dhabi

04:05

06:45

04-Jan-15

EY

370

Bahrain

Abu Dhabi

04:55

07:05

04-Jan-15

EY

211

Delhi

Abu Dhabi

04:25

07:15

04-Jan-15

EY

512

Amman

Abu Dhabi

03:40

08:30

04-Jan-15

EY

257

Kozhikode

Abu Dhabi

08:40

11:20

04-Jan-15

EY

98

Athens

Abu Dhabi

07:20

13:55

04-Jan-15

EY

88

Milan

Abu Dhabi

10:35

19:40

04-Jan-15

EY

42

Dublin

Abu Dhabi

08:20

19:45

04-Jan-15

EY

58

Brussels

Abu Dhabi

10:05

19:45

04-Jan-15

EY

24

Dusseldorf

Abu Dhabi

10:20

19:50

04-Jan-15

EY

74

Zurich

Abu Dhabi

11:00

20:15

04-Jan-15

EY

601

Johannesburg

Abu Dhabi

09:55

20:15

04-Jan-15

EY

612

Casablanca

Abu Dhabi

10:45

22:15

04-Jan-15

EY

475

Jakarta

Abu Dhabi

17:25

22:50

04-Jan-15

EY

423

Manila

Abu Dhabi

17:50

23:15

 

Departures

           

Departure Date

Flight number

From

To

Original Departure Time

Original Arrival Time

03-Jan-15

EY

309

Abu Dhabi

Kuwait City

21:30

22:15

03-Jan-15

EY

231

Abu Dhabi

Islamabad

22:00

02:15

03-Jan-15

EY

218

Abu Dhabi

Delhi

22:05

03:10

04-Jan-15

EY

511

Abu Dhabi

Amman

00:50

02:30

04-Jan-15

EY

602

Abu Dhabi

Johannesburg

02:00

08:40

04-Jan-15

EY

1

Abu Dhabi

Frankfurt

02:05

06:25

04-Jan-15

EY

254

Abu Dhabi

Kozhikode

02:10

07:35

04-Jan-15

EY

613

Abu Dhabi

Casablanca

02:10

07:20

04-Jan-15

EY

23

Abu Dhabi

Dusseldorf

02:15

06:40

04-Jan-15

EY

45

Abu Dhabi

Dublin

02:15

06:50

04-Jan-15

EY

305

Abu Dhabi

Kuwait City

02:20

03:10

04-Jan-15

EY

73

Abu Dhabi

Zurich

02:25

06:30

04-Jan-15

EY

57

Abu Dhabi

Brussels

02:30

07:05

04-Jan-15

EY

81

Abu Dhabi

Milan

02:30

06:30

04-Jan-15

EY

99

Abu Dhabi

Athens

02:40

06:15

04-Jan-15

EY

474

Abu Dhabi

Jakarta

02:40

13:55

04-Jan-15

EY

399

Abu Dhabi

Doha

02:55

03:00

04-Jan-15

EY

384

Abu Dhabi

Muscat

03:00

04:05

04-Jan-15

EY

379

Abu Dhabi

Bahrain

03:05

03:20

04-Jan-15

EY

424

Abu Dhabi

Manila

03:05

15:25

For more information contact:

Etihad Airways Duty Media Officer

Mobile: +971 50 818 9596

Email: dutymediaofficer@etihad.ae

 

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