DUBAI // Patiently waiting in packed departure corridors, passengers caught up in the chaos of delays at Dubai International Airport were facing an uncertain 24 hours.
As children perched on suitcases and parents scanned for updates on departure boards in Terminal 3, the effect of the crash-landing and explosion on Emirates Airline flight EK521 was slowly sinking in.
Any kind of incident involving an airline or airport during a time of travel can fray nerves among even the most seasoned traveller, and it was a shock for many.
London banker Moataz Elmasry, 23, was due to catch flight EK007 from Dubai to London at 2.30am on Thursday but was left in limbo, unsure if he would make it into work in time the following day.
“I was only here for a couple of days due to a family emergency,” he said. “It was unlucky as it was the first time I had flown with Emirates.
“I work in London and was expecting to be back in the office for 7am as the markets open at 9am. I’ve told my boss. He understood as it’s a situation out of my control.”
“I usually fly British Airways, this was very unlucky,” said Andrea, an Abu Dhabi-born Egyptian.
“Emirates has a great safety record and I picked them for their reliability. This could have been a lot worse. I was just travelling on the wrong day.”
Joseph, who was travelling to Munich via Geneva from Terminal 3 with his wife and son, was delayed by at least an hour.
“Our check-in time was put back an hour, that was all the information we were given,” he said.
“We were expecting more delays. Checking in late means we will be flying late, so I’ve no idea what time we will be landing.”
Vinod, who was flying to Mumbai, was thankful for the free refreshments by Emirates as the wait went on.
“My flight has been delayed until at least 6pm, so an hour and a half longer than I was expecting to fly,” he said.
“We don’t know what’s going on but we have been given vouchers for free drinks at Costa.
“I’m hoping we’re not delayed for too long as my wife is expecting me back home tonight.”
Source: uae news