Airlines change flights over US 5G

19 January, 2022

Courtesy of ICRT


Airlines across the world, including the long-haul carrier Emirates, are rushing to cancel or change flights heading into the US over an ongoing dispute about the rollout of 5G mobile phone technology near American 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, over the issue, beginning today.It said it would continue flights to Los Angeles, New York, and Washington.


Japan's All Nippon Airways also cancelled fights.That airline said the 5G issue appeared to affect altimeters in Boeing 777s. Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Taiwan’s CNA is reporting that Taiwan’s main carriers, China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways (EVA Air) have announced changes to their flight schedules to and from the United States to avoid possible technical disruptions resulting from the rollout of 5G services in the US.


CAL reportedly said its decision to bring forward by four hours the scheduled departure of a flight from San Francisco to Taipei Wednesday follows guidelines released by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aircraft maker Boeing to avoid potential interruptions from 5G signals.


As a result, the CI003 flight will arrive in Taipei at around 1am on Thursday instead of the originally scheduled 5am, according to China Airlines website. EVA Air said it has decided to delay the departure by three hours of two flights, one bound for Los Angeles and the other bound for New York from Taipei on Wednesday, while waiting for further instructions from the US FAA for possible further schedule adjustments.


EVA Air advised passengers to go to the airlines' website or EVA Mobile APP to access the latest information on flight schedule updates.

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