FlyDubai announced it is cancelling up to 15 flights daily after the General Civil Aviation Authority banned all Boeing 737 MAX models from UAE airspace.
Following the GCAA’s decision, the budget airline’s fleet of 11 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and two Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft has been grounded
Travellers to Amman, Alexandria, Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku, Basra, Beirut, Dammam, Khartoum, Kuwait, Moscow, Muscat, Prague and Riyad may be affected. However, to minimise disruption, passengers are being moved onto the airline’s Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The GCAA directive came days after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday (10th March), taking all 157 lives on board – the second tragic incident involving this type of aircraft within five months.
A spokesperson for flyDubai says: “The flydubai team is working hard to minimise disruption to its passengers. Flydubai is directly contacting passengers who are affected. The airline continues to provide regular updates on Facebook and flydubai.com.”
They added that the cancellations made up 12 per cent of the airline’s schedule.
Dubai-based airline Emirates doesn’t currently operate the aircraft, so its schedules will continue as normal.