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Abu Dhabi hit by cancelled flights

06 February 2012 09:18

Golfer Luke Donald managed to avoid the travel chaos in Abu Dhabi

Golfer Luke Donald managed to avoid the travel chaos in Abu Dhabi

Heavy fog affected the plans of hundreds of travellers earlier this week when around 35 flights were cancelled from Abu Dhabi's International Airport.

A plane bound for Dublin damaged runway lights during its take-off on Monday as it veered off its line on the southbound runway in poor visibility. As well as the flight cancellations, a further 150 were delayed by more than an hour. No-one was injured in the incident.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company chief operating officer Ahmad Al Haddabi said: "The airport has resumed normal operations, with expected delays in some flight departures."

Top golfer Luke Donald was one of the lucky passengers able to fly off as planned following his appearance at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

He wrote on Twitter: "Luckily I left from Dubai. Back in the US now."

However, with such a high number of delays and cancellations, the situation will have caused chaos for many and left them thankful they arranged travel insurance cover.