January 11, 2020 / 10:18 AM / 13 days ago

Dubai airport flights delayed, canceled due to heavy rain

Cars drive through flooded streets in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in the early hours of January 11, 2020 in this still image from social media video obtained by REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai International, one of the world’s busiest airports, canceled, diverted and delayed flights on Saturday due to heavy rain and flooding, Dubai Airports said.

Flights are likely to be delayed throughout the day and some have been canceled or diverted to nearby Al Maktoum airport, state-owned Dubai Airports said on Twitter.

Video footage and images posted on social media showed part of the airport’s runway area submerged under water. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage.

Dubai airport is the base of airlines Emirates and flydubai.

Emirates said several flights to and from Dubai had been delayed. Flydubai said its flights were also delayed, while some had been diverted.

Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Alexander Smith

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