Dubai flights snarled by fog, airport malfunction

Updated: 10/10/2012 5:35 AM

(AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai’s airport operator says 50 flights had to be diverted from the Middle East’s biggest airport after a backup system needed to deal with heavy fog failed.

Dubai Airports says the runways were shut down at 6:45 in the morning Wednesday and are now back open, but it is still working with airlines to clear the backlog as fog lifted across the city. The airport operator blamed a loss of power to a vital runway backup system for the closure.

Flights were rerouted to other airports in the region, including Abu Dhabi, Dammam in Saudi Arabia, and the Omani capital Muscat.

Many of the flights listed as diverted or delayed belong to Dubai-based Emirates, the region’s largest carrier. The airline says it regrets any inconvenience caused.

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