7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News


DUBAI: More than 7,000 transit passengers have been stranded in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Emirati airlines said yesterday.

The Dubai-based Emirates Airlines said it "is providing accommodation and three meals a day for more than 5,000 passengers at a cost of more than $1 million (BD377,000) per day."

And 2,500 passengers on Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways have been stranded since Thursday in the UAE capital, a spokeswoman for the airline said.

"We are accommodating them in about 1,500 rooms in 12 hotels across the city," she said, without giving an estimate of the costs to the airline.

Emirates said it scrapped all flights to Europe on Sunday except Moscow, Athens, Larnaca, Malta and Istanbul until at least tomorrow, while Etihad cancelled flights to Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and the Russian Federation until further notice.

The Etihad spokeswoman said 77 of its flights have been cancelled and 16,000 people affected, with more cancellations expected today.

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