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Suspected drone activity diverts Emirates flights from Dubai's DXB

Emirates says flights EK433 and EK511 diverted to DWC and SHJ as DXB closed between 12.36hrs and 12.51hrs on 22 Sep

An Emirates aircraft at Dubai's DXB airport.
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An Emirates aircraft at Dubai's DXB airport.

Dubai airline Emirates confirmed that Dubai International Airport (DXB) was closed from 12.36hrs to 12.51hrs local time on 22 September 2019 due to suspected drone activity in the surrounding airspace, causing flight EK433 from Brisbane and Singapore to DXB to be diverted to Dubai World Central (DWC) and flight EK511 from Delhi to DXB to be diverted to Sharjah International Airport (SHJ).

Citing an Emirates spokesperson, UAE state news agency, Wam, reported: "The diverted flights will return to Dubai International Airport as the airspace has now reopened.

"Emirates will assist affected passengers with alternative rebooking options and hotel accommodation where required.

"Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused but the safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised."

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