Airlines to resume US flights amid modified 5G rollout

Emirates planes will land in the US again.

DFW Airport

Emirates resumes flights to the US after concerns about 5G Deployments scheduled for Jan 19. forced multiple international airlines to cancel some flights. Emirates will resume flights to Chicago, Orlando, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Seattle and Newark on Friday and to Houston, San Francisco and Boston on Saturday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday it has issued new approvals allowing about 78% of commercial aircraft in the US to perform low-visibility landings at airports affected by Verizon and AT&T’s 5G rollout.

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“The FAA is working hard to determine which altimeters are reliable and accurate where 5G is deployed in the United States,” the FAA said in a statement Thursday. “We expect that some altimeters will be too sensitive to 5G interference. To maintain safety, aircraft with those altimeters should not make low-visibility landings where 5G is deployed, as the altimeter could provide inaccurate information.”

Emirates had previously canceled flights to San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando, Seattle, Miami, Newark, Houston, Chicago and Boston “until further notice” due to its planned 5G deployment around those airports. Japan Airlines and ANA also canceled flights on Tuesday, but resumed them on Wednesday when the FAA issued approvals that allowed some planes to make low-visibility landings.

The cancellations came after airlines warned Monday of significant travel disruptions if the planned launch of C-band 5G went ahead on Wednesday.

AT&T would “temporarily” defer” enabling some of its 5G towers near airport runways, a spokesperson said Tuesday, adding that the FAA “has not used the two years they’ve had to plan responsibly for this deployment.”

“We are frustrated by the FAA’s inability to do what nearly 40 countries have done, which is to deploy 5G technology safely without disrupting airline services, and we urge the FAA to do so in a timely manner,” he said. the AT&T statement.

Verizon said it would also “voluntarily” limit its C-band 5G deployments around airports.

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