ABU DHABI // The snowstorm that hit the east coast of the United States grounded Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines flights over the weekend, causing delays and cancellations.
Etihad flights to and from Washington Dulles airport were cancelled yesterday, while flights to New York were significantly delayed, the airline said.
“Winter storm Jonas has caused major disruption to flights in and out of the northeastern seaboard of the United States over the weekend,” said Etihad, which cancelled the EY131 Abu Dhabi to Washington DC flight and the EY130 Washington DC-Abu Dhabi flight yesterday.
Flights EY103 from Abu Dhabi to New York JFK and EY102 from New York JFK to Abu Dhabi were also delayed.
Emirates, meanwhile, cancelled eight flights on Saturday. Its scheduled flights to and from Washington, EK231 and EK232, suffered the same fate yesterday.
New York flights that were scheduled for Saturday were pushed to yesterday.
Flight EK207 from Dubai to JFK was delayed from 11am on Saturday to 2am yesterday, while flight EK208 from JFK to Dubai was rescheduled from 9.30am on Saturday to 6.40pm yesterday.
“Several Emirates flights scheduled to operate on 23 and 24 January are either delayed or cancelled,” said an Emirates spokesman.
“Passengers are advised to check the status of their flights before making their way to the airport. We are closely monitoring the situation.
“We apologise for any inconvenience but the safety of our crew and passengers is of the utmost importance.”
The weather also affected postal services, with courier Aramex telling customers that its New York office would remain closed until further notice.
Source: uae news