According to an expert, for every minute the airport stays shut, it costs the Dubai economy $1 million.

Emirates flight crash was expensive for Dubai losses could be upto 330 millionFile photo: Abhinav Gautam/ Flickr
news Aviation Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 08:56

It reportedly cost Dubai a staggering $330 million  for shutting down for five and a half hours on Wednesday, following the crash landing of the Emirates flight from Thiruvananthapuram.

A report in Khaleej Times states:

Now according to Michael Rudolph, head of aviation regulation and safety at the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), he said that for every minute the airport stays shut, it costs the Dubai economy $1m - that's a $1million a minute. He made this observation earlier this year on the sidelines of the World Aviation Safety Summit. Rudolph was referring to a drone-related incident which shut off Dubai airport for 55 minutes.

It was a close shave for passengers on board an Emirates flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai, which crash landed at the Dubai International Airport on Wednesday. Six people were injured following the accident.

All 282 passengers and crew members were safely evacuated following the landing.

Emirates also confirmed that everyone on-board was safe and that they were expecting a 4-hour network-wide delay.

 "We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew. All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe," they tweeted.

However, many flights were delayed due to the incident.

The official handle of Dubai Airport tweeted saying, "Operations at DXB have been affected with all departing flights delayed until further notice."

The DXB website, however, showed that over 42 arrivals and 60 departures were delayed.

Some flights were reportedly diverted to Maktoum International Airport or Sharjah International Airport, media reports said.

Flight Radar, a third party website say that fights that were scheduled to arrive at DXB were diverted to multiple airport Muscat, Bahrain and Al Ain.  

 

Also Read - 

‘We were so scared we couldn’t think’: What happened inside Emirates flight in Dubai

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