Suspected drone activity at Dubai International Airport two Emirates flights diverted

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Flights at Dubai International Airport (DXB) were disrupted for a short period this afternoon due to suspected drone activity in the area.

“Dubai Airports can confirm that flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International (DXB) from 12.36 hours to 12.51 hours UAE local time this afternoon due to suspected drone activity resulting in the diversion of two flights. Safety is our top priority and Dubai Airports is working closely with authorities and service partners to ensure normal operations and minimise inconvenience to our customers.”

Emirates spokesperson said: “Emirates can confirm that today, Sunday, September 22, Dubai International Airport was closed from 12.36hrs to 12.51hrs local time due to suspected drone activity in the surrounding airspace. As a result flight EK433 from Brisbane and Singapore to Dubai International Airport (DXB) was diverted to Dubai World Central (DWC) and flight EK511 from Delhi to Dubai International Airport was diverted to Sharjah International Airport (SHJ). The diverted flights returned to Dubai International Airport when the airspace reopened. Emirates will assist affected passengers with alternative rebooking options and hotel accommodation where required. Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused but the safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised.”

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