Cebu Pacific flight to Riyadh diverts due to sandstorm

April 3, 2015 6:41 am 

MANILA, April 2 — A Cebu Pacific flight bound for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was diverted to Sharjah of United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to a sandstorm, the airline said on Thursday.

According to the airline, flight 5J 740 bound for Riyadh departed Manila Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. but a sandstorm caused the flight to divert to Sharjah International Airport.

Cebu Pacific said that the flight will depart Sharjah for Riyadh Thursday at 9:00 a.m. (UTC +4:00 Sharjah local time) and is expected to arrive in Riyadh at 10:00 p.m. (UTC +3:00 – Riyadh local time).

The airline meanwhile requested for passengers’ understanding as the flight diversion happened beyond its control.

Management meanwhile assured that it is providing passengers meals and other necessary assistance and will provide updates as they are available. (PNA)

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