Emirates airline suspends flights to several US cities due to 5G
The Khaleej Times reported that Emirates airline has suspended flights to several US destinations from Wednesday due to operational concerns associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services at certain airports in the US.
Dubai’s flagship carrier has suspended flights to 9 US cities — Boston, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco and Seattle — until further notice.
The Dubai-based said in a statement on its website: “Customers holding tickets with the final destination to any of the above will not be accepted at the point of origin. Affected customers do not need to call us immediately for rebooking. Customers can simply hold on to their Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans."
The statement said: “We are working closely with aircraft manufacturers and the relevant authorities to alleviate operational concerns, and we hope to resume our US services as soon as possible.”
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The US aviation regulator – Federal Aviation Administrator – has warned that the deployment of new 5G technology could affect sensitive airplane instrument such as altimeters and significantly hamper low-visibility operations.