An Emirates flight to the UK was diverted to Amsterdam due to bad weather. The flight EK009 which was scheduled to land at Gatwick Airport on Sunday had to be sent to Schipol Airport in Amsterdam.
The London Gatwick Airport had been facing hostile weather and heavy snowfall because of which the flight was not able to land on the runway. Authorities had initiated measures for snow removal and the status would be updated at the earliest so that passengers to the UK can get back to their destination at the earliest.
Despite the cold weather, all other UAE flights to the UK are still scheduled to take off
Emirates Airlines had put up an official statement apologizing for the inconvenience caused. They also said that the passengers have been accommodated in Amsterdam for the time being and the weather situation is being monitored.
The London Gatwick Airport also put out a notification on Twitter that the Airport is fully functional except for some minor hiccups caused by bad weather. However, the passengers who are planning to fly down can confirm the status of their flights with their respective airlines.
According to stats, Emirate airlines operates 3 A380 flights that travel to Gatwick from Dubai. It has several other flights to major UK points like Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, and Newcastle. As per recent information, none of the other Emirates flights to the UK has been canceled.
But a lot of other flights from different countries have been canceled because of the winter in the UK. London’s Stansted Airport’s runway had to be closed and flights were suspended because of the weather. A general caution has been communicated to all passengers who are traveling to the UK to check the status of their flights as the weather conditions aren’t friendly.
A yellow warning has been issued for places like England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, etc. as there is a forecast of snowfall and ice in most parts of the UK. The officials have asked citizens to stay back at home and reduce traveling by road because of the hostile weather that can cause major disruptions in the coming days.
People are also advised to keep their vehicle speed to a possible minimum keeping in mind the conditions of the roads. A lot of transportation services throughout the United Kingdom have been delayed or canceled.
According to weather forecasts, the sub-zero temperatures will be continuing till Thursday with Katesbridge recording the coldest temperature of the year in the UK of minus nine degrees. Multiple traffic collisions happened on Sunday because of the heavy snowfall and there were instances of vehicles breaking down.
Officials have asked people to take a blanket and a fully charged phone if they are planning to venture out in their vehicles as there is a possibility of breakdowns. Railway trains across the country have also been facing difficulties as services have been canceled or delayed. Southeastern railways have lifted their restrictions for travel but passengers should check their route status before traveling.
Around twenty percent of the total rail line network will be operational between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Authorities have asked people to travel only if it is really necessary as snow and icy patches can cause difficulty in traveling during the next few days.
In a shocking accident, three boys died when they fell into a frozen lake in Solihull, which is around a hundred miles from London, and the fourth boy is admitted to a hospital in critical condition. A ten-year-old boy who was among the three deceased is being hailed as a hero because he had jumped into the lake trying to save the others.