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Because of the G5, Emirates Airlines will suspend flights to American destinations

Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Except for three airports, Emirates Airlines suspends its flight to American destinations Except for three airports, Emirates Airlines suspends its flight to American destinations

International vision: Emirates Airlines announced, on Tuesday, that it will suspend its flights to American destinations, starting from Wednesday, until further notice; According to a notice posted on its website.

According to Reuters, the company explained that the decision comes due to operational concerns related to the planned operation of fifth-generation mobile phone services in the United States; Adding that, among the destinations: (Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort, Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, and Seattle).

The company indicated that its flights to GFK airports in New York, Los Angeles International Airport and Dulles International Airport in Washington, continue as usual.

"We are working closely with aircraft manufacturers and relevant authorities to alleviate operational concerns, and hope to resume our services to the United States as soon as possible."

The White House had said, earlier on Tuesday, that it wanted to find a solution on the operation of fifth generation services, which would maintain air safety and reduce air travel disruptions to the least possible degree.

The danger of the fifth generation mobile networks on aircraft

According to the Al-Hurra website, it is scheduled to deploy the fifth generation network in the United States of America in the 3.7 to 3.98 GHz band on the spectrum known as the “C” band; Aircraft altimeters operate in the 4.2 to 4.4 GHz band.

What worries airlines is that the frequencies within which the fifth generation network will spread are close to the frequencies used by altimeters that measure the distance the plane travels above the ground. This facilitates automated landings and helps spot dangerous wind currents.

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said last month that 5G operating guidelines would prevent radio altimeters from being used at about 40 of the largest US airports.

US airlines have warned that the directives could disrupt up to 4% of daily flights.

"If the issue is left unresolved, it could mean that at major US airports, in the event of bad weather or cloud cover or even thick smog, you can only do it primarily visually," Kirby said.