BREAKING: Bad news about flights
Weather warnings due to strengthening Tropical Cyclone Mekunu, currently in the Sultanate of Oman, is likely to delay or cancel Qatar Airways flights from Salalah, Oman and Nairobi, according to reports.
Qatar Airways said there were strong chances of its flights being delayed or cancelled.
“Tropical Cyclone Mekunu, in the south of Oman, is currently moving northwards and impacting Qatar Airways flights between Doha and Salalah, and Doha and Nairobi airports, which are subject to delay or cancellation,” the Doha-based carrier said in an alert, according to Gulf Times.
The airline has advised passengers hoping to take those planes to refer to Flight Status Tab on the Qatar Airways homepage for the latest and most up-to-date information. Those passengers who are already in transit will be assisted at their respective airports.
Passengers with existing bookings are asked to contact their booking agents, call +974 40220072 or contact their nearest Qatar Airways office at https://www.qatarairways.com/en/worldwide-offices.html
Earlier, Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) announced that Salalah Airport would be closed to air traffic from midnight on Thursday for at least 24 hours as Cyclone Mekunu approached Oman’s southern coasts.
The authority said in a notice that it could extend the closure depending on the status of the cyclone, adding that it was co-ordinating with international airlines in Omani airspace.
“As the authority continues to monitor the developments of Cyclone Mekunu, it is working hard to reopen Salalah Airport to air navigation and restore the smooth flow of air traffic… once the risks to aviation safety are eliminated,” the notice added.
Oman Air said in a tweet that all scheduled flights to and from Salalah stand cancelled from midnight on Thursday due to the closure of Salalah Airport.
Tropical Cyclone Mekunu was expected to hit Oman’s Dhofar governorate on Friday, While parts of the governorate could be severely affected by the storm, the surrounding areas could also experience heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds.
Meanwhile, 17 people were reported missing and hundreds of others evacuated from their homes after Cyclone Mekunu hit Socotra, with Yemen’s government declaring the island a ‘disaster province.’
National weather experts in neighbouring Oman expected Mekunu to intensify to a category two cyclone from category one.
The missing people had been in two boats that sunk and three vehicles swept away by floods, said Ramzy Mahrous, governor of Socotra, an island lying 350km off Yemen in the Arabian Sea.