Due to operational concerns associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services in the US at certain airports, Emirates has suspended all 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).
However, Emirates will continue to operate flights to New York JFK, Los Angeles (LAX), and Washington DC (IAD) as per the schedule.
Emirates on its official website said that customers holding tickets with the final destination to any of the above will not be accepted at the point of origin.
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.
Boeing 777, A380 Most Affected
It is worth mentioning that Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777 and according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), only Boeing 777 and A380 are affected as they still haven’t been certified to fly in this condition.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned that potential 5G interference could affect height readings that play a key role in bad-weather landings on some jets and airlines say the Boeing 777 is among models initially in the spotlight.
Despite an announcement by AT&T and Verizon that they would delay turning on some 5G towers near airports, several airlines still canceled flights. Others said more cancellations were likely unless the FAA issued new formal guidance in the wake of the wireless announcements.