Dubai cargo disrupted after flash floods

Dubai International. Source: Karol Ciesluk /

Cargo operations in Dubai continue to face disruption following flash flooding that temporarily closed Dubai International (DXB) airport.

The UAE on Tuesday recorded its heaviest rainfall in 75 years as almost 26cm of rain fell, resulting in the temporary closure of DXB cancellation of around 300 flights on Wednesday.

Operations are getting back underway but flooding remains in areas of the airport and flights continue to be delayed and cancelled.

In its latest operational update, Emirates SkyCargo said: “Due to inclement weather conditions in Dubai on April 16 and 17, Emirates SkyCargo is experiencing operational challenges, including flight cancellations and delays in cargo connections due to airport logistics.

“We advise customers to utilise our tracking module on to stay updated on revised booking details. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused. Emirates SkyCargo is working hard to restore our scheduled operations, and our teams will provide all possible support to affected customers.”

Ground handler dnata said: “We are collaborating closely with our partners and authorities to mitigate any impact of the inclement weather and subsequent flight disruptions and adverse road conditions on our cargo operations in Dubai.

“Our teams are working diligently to process every cargo shipment as quickly as possible, keeping our valued customers updated.” 

DXB said in its latest operational update that it was now accepting check-in at terminal three, where Emirates and FlyDubai operate, as operations are back underway from that terminal.

Earlier, the airport said that inbound flights had been resumed by international airlines operating out of terminal one.

FlightRadar 24 shows flights out of freighter hub Dubai World Central continue to operate.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]