Passengers on an Emirates flight sure for Auckland, New Zealand that left Dubai Friday morning ended up touchdown again on the identical airport the place it took off a bit of greater than 13 hours later.
Flight EK448 departed at 10:30 a.m. native time and the pilot circled practically midway into the virtually 9,000-mile journey, touchdown again in Dubai simply after midnight Saturday, in keeping with FlightAware and Enterprise Insider.
Auckland Airport was compelled to shut initially of the weekend attributable to extreme flooding.
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“Auckland Airport has been assessing the harm to our worldwide terminal and sadly decided that no worldwide flights can function at present,” the airport stated in a press release on Saturday afternoon native time. “We all know that is extraordinarily irritating however the security of passengers is our high precedence.”
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On Saturday night time native time, after home flights resumed, airport officers stated that worldwide flights would resume Sunday morning.
Emirates stated in a press release to Enterprise Insider, “We remorse the inconvenience brought about to prospects. Emirates will proceed to observe the scenario in Auckland and situation updates the place required.”
The airline didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information Digital’s request for remark.
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Flight 448 was rescheduled for Saturday Dubai time and was attributable to arrive in Auckland Sunday afternoon native time.