The Delhi-Dubai flight from Emirates was diverted to Sharjah due to drone activity at the destination airport

NEW DELHI: The Emirates flight in Delhi-Dubai on Sunday was one of two flights that could not land in their destination city, as the airport had to be closed for some time due to suspicion of drone activity. The flight, EK-511, had to be diverted to nearby Sharjah.

In a statement, Emirates said: “Dubai International Airport (DXB) closed from 12.36 p.m. at 12.51 p.m. local time due to suspicion of drone activity in the surrounding airspace. As a result, flight EK 433 from Brisbane and Singapore to DXB was diverted to Dubai World Central (DWC) and flight EK 511 from Delhi to DXB was diverted to Sharjah International Airport (SHJ).

“Deviated flights will return to DXB as the airspace has reopened. Emirates will help affected passengers with alternative hotel booking and accommodation options when necessary. Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused, but the safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance and will not be compromised, ”he added.

The unauthorized activity of drones has seen a growing incidence of busy airports that are forced to close operations on a particular runway or completely for some time. The airports affected in recent months have included IGIA from Delhi, Singapore Changi and London Gatwick. Authorities around the world are trying to address the threat of unauthorized drone flights near airports.