Emirates flights to and from New York have seen severe disruption over the last 72 hours with several services either cancelled or delayed due to a massive winter “bomb cyclone” which hit the US East Coast on Thursday.
Thousands of flights across the US were affected by the extreme weather and multiple schools have been closed, with logistics operations across much of the North East grinding to a halt or crawl.
Flights to and from Dubai were no exception, at times leaving transiting travellers stranded in the emirate’s international airport and delaying cargoes being shipping in bellyhold.
“As a result of severe snowstorms, Emirates’ flights operating to and from New York JFK airport on January 4, 5 and 6 have been impacted," an Emirates spokesperson said.
"Passengers holding tickets to and from New York JFK are advised to contact their travel agency or the local Emirates office.”
“Emirates apologises for any inconvenience caused, but the safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance and will not be compromised,” the spokesperson added.
Emirates said passengers were also advised to check the status of their flights on emirates.com for the latest information regarding their flights.
According to the Emirates site, delays have continued into Monday, with EK8207 delayed in Dubai due to the severe weather in New York.
“Due to severe weather conditions in JFK this flight has been delayed and will now operate as EK8207 on January 8th,” the website says.
EK 207 was meant to fly from Dubai to New York on Sunday, but was cancelled. Three JFK-bound Emirates flights were delayed from Dubai along with one Dubai-bound flight from New York on Friday.
On Saturday, another two flights bound to Dubai from JFK were delayed, along with two cancelled, followed by another two cancellations from Dubai to New York.