Storm Kathleen: Emirates A380 Dubai-Glasgow Diverts to London

Storm Kathleen: Emirates A380 Dubai-Glasgow Diverts to London
Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

In the last half an hour or so, an Emirates Airbus A380 from Dubai failed to land in Glasgow due to Storm Kathleen, resulting in a diversion to London Gatwick.

Multiple flights around the UK have had to divert this afternoon following adverse winds and weather from the storm.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

EK27 – Dubai to Glasgow: London Diversion…

Storm Kathleen: Emirates A380 Dubai-Glasgow Diverts to London
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Storm Kathleen: Emirates A380 Dubai-Glasgow Diverts to London
Quentin Douchet, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Emirates flight EK27 is a routine scheduled flight between Dubai and Glasgow.

The affected rotation, which diverted to London Gatwick, was operated by A6-EOB.

As per data from, A6-EOB is a 9.8 year old Airbus A380-800 that was delivered to the airline in November 2014.

Furthermore, of the A380-800 variant, Emirates has 116 in the fleet, of which all but 26 are in active service.

Average fleet age for the variant at the airline stands at 9.2 years.

Emirates flight EK27 departed Dubai at 0832 local time this morning and proceeded westbound to Glasgow.

After two failed landing attempts into the Scottish airport, the aircraft climbed and tracked South.

Data from RadarBox confirms that the aircraft is currently in the process of diverting to London Gatwick.

Landing is expected within the next 15-30 minutes (As of 1408 UK time), depending on traffic flows in the area.

Winds Gusting Over 30 Knots in Glasgow…

Source: METAR TAF.

Furthermore, as we can see from the image above, winds at Glasgow are gusting over 30 knots due to Storm Kathleen hitting a lot of the UK, including London.

The Emirates Airbus A380 normally can land in such conditions, but clearly there is unstable wind for the Dubai-originated flight to Glasgow and now London.

It is unclear what will happen to the passengers when they land into London Gatwick.

Furthermore, it is also unclear if that A380 will position up to Glasgow later to perform the return back to Dubai.

This is a developing story.

UPDATE #1 @ 1838 UK time – Emirates has approached AviationSource with a statement regarding today’s diversion.

A spokesperson said the following:

“Emirates can confirm flight EK027 from Dubai to Glasgow on 6 April diverted to London Gatwick due to adverse weather conditions. Affected passengers have been provided with hotel accommodation, and will continue their journey to Glasgow on 7 April, subject to weather developments. Consequently, EK028 (from Glasgow to Dubai) has been rescheduled to 7 April. Emirates apologises for the inconvenience caused. The safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance.”

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