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Etihad Airways reviewing procedures after weather delay

first_imgEtihad Airways will review its policy on how long delayed aircraft can remain on the ground with passengers aboard while waiting to take off.The announcement came as the airline and its passengers dealt with the aftermath of delays and cancellations caused by heavy fog in Abu Dhabi.Passengers complained of being forced to wait on the plane for 12 hours or longer before take-off, without either information or food.Etihad said it expected a normal flight schedule to resume on Tuesday and was operating four relief flights, one to Jakarta and Jeddah on Monday and Bangkok and Phuket also.Etihad mobilised more than 500 additional staff at Abu Dhabi airport and city locations to help passengers, served more than 15,000 meals at the airport and provided more than 2,000 hotel rooms.The airport’s closure from 2.30am to 3.40am on Saturday led Etihad to cancel 20 return flights and divert seven inbound flights.Regulations in the United States say passengers cannot be left on the tarmac for more than three hours for domestic flights, US carriers operating international flights must specify their own time limits for disembarking passengers.Abu Dhabi Airports chief operations officer Ahmad Al Haddabi, said that airport procedures slow significantly in low visibility.“There can be up to 70 movements of flights every hour in normal visibility, but this drops to 14 an hour in low visibility because of the required separation time between aircraft in those conditions, below 100 metres’ visibility, there are no movements at all, as per General Civil Aviation Authority regulations,” Mr Al Haddabi said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more