There is trouble brewing in the United States due to the proposed roll-out of 5G services near some airports that may affect airplane instruments. FAA has told airlines not to use altimeters during landing at more than 80 airports.
Emirates, as a result, has decided to suspend flights to Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Miami (MIA), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA) from January 19, 2022.
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The airline continues to fly to New York JFK, Los Angeles (LAX), and Washington DC (IAD).
Here’s the announcement from Emirates:
Suspension of flight to several US destinations from 19 January 2022
Last updated: 18 January 2022, 18:22 Dubai (GMT+4)
Due to operational concerns associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services in the US at certain airports, Emirates will be suspending flights to the following US destinations from 19 January 2022 until further notice:
Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Miami (MIA), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA).
Customers holding tickets with the final destination to any of the above will not be accepted at the point of origin.
Emirates flights to New York JFK, Los Angeles (LAX) and Washington DC (IAD) continue to operate as scheduled.
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.
Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused. 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.
In order to receive the latest updates on their flights, customers are also advised to ensure that their contact details are updated by visiting Manage Your Booking
Emirates makes it sound like they have no obligations for the passengers to/from these destinations in the US that they decided to suspend. That is false. They should offer to rebook passengers, at their (Emirates’) expense, to airlines that continue to operate.
I would assume that these flight suspensions may be withdrawn at a moment’s notice because the US telecommunications operators have agreed to delay the rollout of the 5G services close to the airports.
But what a mess for Emirates passengers, an airline that is not well known for good on the ground customer service even during the best of times.