Airlines around the world rush to change flights amid US 5G dispute | Economic news

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airlines around the world, including long-haul carrier Emirates, rushed Wednesday to cancel or change flights to the United States due to an ongoing dispute over the deployment of 5G mobile phone technology near US airports.

Dubai-based Emirates, a key carrier for East-West travel, announced it would halt flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, New Jersey, Orlando, Florida, San Francisco and Seattle at the start of the problem. Wednesday. He said he would continue flights to Los Angeles, New York and Washington.

In its announcement, Emirates cited the cancellation as necessary due to “operational concerns related to the planned rollout of 5G mobile network services in the United States at certain airports”.

“We are working closely with aircraft manufacturers and relevant authorities to mitigate operational issues, and we hope to resume our US services as soon as possible,” the state-owned airline said.

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The UAE has successfully rolled out 5G coverage all around its airports without incident. But in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration is concerned that the C-Band strand of 5G could interfere with aircraft equipment.

The Boeing 777, a major workshop for Emirates, seems of particular concern in the deployment of 5G.

The Japanese company All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. said in a statement that the FAA “has indicated that radio waves from the 5G wireless service may interfere with aircraft altimeters.” Altimeters measure an aircraft’s height in the sky, crucial equipment for flying.

“Boeing has announced flight restrictions on all airlines operating the Boeing 777 aircraft, and we have canceled or modified the aircraft for certain flights to/from the United States based on Boeing’s announcement “, said ANA.

Chicago-based Boeing Co. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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