Emirates’ 14-Hour Dubai-Dubai Flight Following Auckland Closure

The affected EK448 flight from Emirates.
Credit: RadarBox.com.

LONDON – Following the closure of Auckland Airport due to torrential flooding, Emirates ended up operating a 14-hour Dubai-Dubai flight.

EK448 was the flight affected by this, departing Dubai at 1030 local time on January 27, as per data from RadarBox.com.

Emirates flight 448 was operated by A6-EVL, one of the airline’s Airbus A380, offering an age of three years old at the time of writing.

Emirates flight EK448's flight status on the Emirates website.
Emirates flight EK448’s flight status is on the Emirates website. Information sourced from One Mile At A Time.

The Cause of the Emirates EK448 Return…

Auckland Airport.
Photo sourced from Twitter.

New Zealand’s Auckland International Airport was forced to close this week due to severe torrential flooding.

A state of emergency has been declared for the North Island city of Auckland, and mass evacuations are now taking place.

According to the Australian national broadcaster ABC News, Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown issued a statement on Friday night, New Zealand time, saying:

“This declaration reflects the extent of damage, displacement, and disruption caused by this evening’s severe weather event and enables emergency services and response agencies to draw on resources and enact additional powers to assist affected Aucklanders.”

Footage has emerged of severe flooding at Auckland airport, with airport management issuing the following statement via its social media channels in the past hour:

“Auckland Airport terminals and roading are currently impacted by widespread flooding. We are requesting people do not travel to the international terminal at this time.”

The airport closure has resulted in multiple flights into Auckland being canceled or delayed.

Video footage via @FizzyTBC on Twitter.

Continued Incidents From Auckland Airport…

The news of the airport closure follows closely on the heels of an incident involving an Air New Zealand Boeing 777, which experienced a runway excursion on landing, which resulted in damage to runway edge lighting.

Air New Zealand flight NZ124, operated by a Boeing 777–300 registered ZK-OZN inbound from Melbourne, Australia, to Auckland, apparently drifted to the side of the runway on landing, causing damage to several of the runway edge lights.

The airport suffered a temporary closure as a result of the lighting damage.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

With contributions from Len Varley.

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