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Emirates resumes flights to all US destinations following 5G disruption

 
Emirates flights from Dubai to the US have resumed on Thursday after they were temporarily suspended this week. 
 
Passengers can once again travel to all nine destinations.
 
On Wednesday morning, Emirates advised passengers that flights would not be taking off amid concerns surrounding the rollout of 5G mobile networks near airports.
 
Earlier today, that notice was updated.
 
“As a result of telecommunication operators delaying the roll-out of 5G networks around US airports, the US Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing have issued formal notifications that lift the previous restriction on aircraft operations, enabling Emirates to safely restore full scheduled operations to all its US destinations by Saturday,” Emirates said in a statement.
 
“From 21 January, the airline will reinstate its Boeing 777 operations to Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Miami, Newark, Orlando and Seattle.
 
“Flights to Boston, Houston and San Francisco, on which the airline had temporarily deployed A380 aircraft on 20 and 21 January, will return to Boeing 777 operations on Saturday 22 January.”
 
Passengers travelling to New York’s JFK airport, Los Angeles and Washington, DC were not affected.
 
Emirates President Sir Tim Clark reaffirmed passengers’ safety as his top priority. 

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers by the temporary suspension of flights to some of our US destinations,” he said in a statement.
 
“Safety will always be our top priority, and we will never gamble on this front.”
 
While the flights have resumed thanks to a temporary fix, the airline chief said that more needs to be done.
 
“We welcome the latest development which enables us to resume essential transport links to the US to serve travellers and cargo shippers,” he said.
 
“However, we are also very aware that this is a temporary reprieve, and a long-term resolution would be required.
 
“Emirates will continue to work closely with the aircraft manufacturers and relevant regulators to ensure the safety and continuity of our services.”
 
Following Tuesday’s discussions with President Joe Biden’s administration, AT&T and Verizon said they would temporarily delay turning on some wireless towers near key US airport runways to avert a looming aviation crisis.

If the systems are introduced near major airports, thousands of flights could be grounded or delayed. Airlines in India and Japan have already moved to cancel many US flights.
 
Passengers have been advised to check the Emirates website for more information.