Emirates: The plane takes 13.5 hours on the way and ends up at the starting point

Emirates: The plane takes 13.5 hours on the way and ends up at the starting point

After 13.5 hours, the Airbus A380 from Dubai landed in Dubai. For travelers, the holiday begins much later.

Dubai United Arab Emirates) – Many know the horror stories of Travel, which ends at the starting point. But this flight broke the record.

An Emirates Airbus A380 was forced to turn around midway and return to the departure airport. © Unsplash / Fabian Joy

Hundreds of passengers boarded flight EK448 in Dubai around 10 am on Friday. The airline Emirates Airlines must carry passengers to Auckland (New Zealand). But nothing came of it.

About halfway through — after six and a half hours — the giant Airbus A380 turned around. The world’s largest passenger plane has returned to Dubai.

The reason for returning to the starting point was the massive amount of rain that drenched Auckland Airport.

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How was the airport closed? Stuff.co.nz It was reported after a plane damaged several runway lights while landing on a wet runway.

The gate has a picture showing how the water is in the gate waiting area. The extent of the water masses can also be seen on social networks.

The operators of flight-tracking website Flightradar24 joked on Twitter that the flight from Dubai to Auckland is no longer the world’s longest non-stop flight – “but it feels like it was today”. After 13.5 hours, the giant Airbus finally landed again in Dubai. For travelers, the holiday won’t start until Sunday at the earliest.

The Emirates A380 was scheduled to fly from Dubai to Auckland.  In the end, he ended up at the starting point.

The Emirates A380 was scheduled to fly from Dubai to Auckland. In the end, he ended up at the starting point. © Screenshot / Flightradar24

Severe storm in New Zealand

After heavy rain in New Zealand, there was water in many places - on the streets, but also in airports.

After heavy rain in New Zealand, there was water in many places – on the streets, but also in airports. © Dean Purcell / New Zealand Herald / dpa

Several flights were canceled as a result of the storm.

Several flights were canceled as a result of the storm. © Zhao Gang / XinHua / dpa

13.5 hours from Dubai to Dubai: why not alternate landing in another country?

Up to 615 people can travel with Emirates on the Airbus A380.  This poses challenges for the airline with such spontaneous changes.

Up to 615 people can travel with Emirates on the Airbus A380. This poses challenges for the airline with such spontaneous changes. © Public Relations / Emirates

It was not clear at first why the machine did not land at an alternate airport. The airline did not comment.

Presumably, surrounding airports (eg in Singapore, Perth, or Chennai) were destined for many other affected machines, as the storm front spread across large parts of Southeast Asia.

Another problem was logistics: Emirates Airbus A380s offer from 484 to 615 seats, depending on the configuration. In cities where the airline does not land regularly, it was difficult to provide a hotel room for all travelers until they start over.

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In addition, the airline also had to deal with visa and entry requirements.

In the end, returning to Dubai wasn’t the most understandable, eco-friendly, and cheap option – it was simply the most practical option.

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