Planes diverted from Dubai airport as power fails

Critical runway backup system fails at Dubai International Airport

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Dubai International Airport's backup power system failed during foggy conditions
Dubai International Airport's backup power system failed during foggy conditions

Fifty flights had to be diverted to a number of airports across the region following a power failure at Dubai International Airport, according to Dubai Airports.

Gulf News reported that flights were sent to Dubai World Central, Al Ain, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Muscat and Bahrain among others following the closure of both runways on Wednesday morning.

“The closures were caused by the loss of power to a critical runway backup system required during foggy conditions,” according to a statement from Dubai Airports.

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“Runway operations were restored at 8:30am. Dubai Airports is working with airlines, air traffic and ground services staff to restore operations, clear the backlog and limit customer inconvenience,” it added.

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