Emirates and Lufthansa cancel some flights to MIA due to concerns over newly enabled 5G technology
MIAMI – Emirates and Lufthansa are temporarily suspending flights to Miami International Airport amid a series of nationwide delays and cancellations on Wednesday due to technology disputes between airlines and wireless network operators.
Lufthansa has canceled a flight from Frankfurt. Besides Miami, Emirates of Dubai has also canceled flights to Orlando. Both international airlines attributed the disruptions to operational issues related to the planned rollout of 5G mobile network services.
“We were unaware of this until yesterday morning as it would compromise the safe operation of our aircraft and nearly all other 777 operators to and from the United States. United, and within the United States,” Emirates Chairman Tim Clark told CNN on Wednesday, adding “this is one of the most delinquent and utterly irresponsible issues… that I’ve seen in my career in aviation”.
Federal authorities are working with AT&T and Verizon as the companies activate C-Band 5G service, the next generation of wireless technology, on Wednesday in areas of Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, Chicago, Detroit. This is because 5G cellular antennas near airports could affect instruments on some aircraft.
On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration released a list of commercial airports with low-visibility approaches in 5G deployment. MIA and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were not included.
“The complex American airspace leads the world in safety because of our high aviation standards, and we will maintain that commitment as wireless companies deploy 5G,” the U.S. Secretary of State said on Tuesday. Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, in a statement.
On Monday, the White House released a statement from President Joe Biden thanking AT&T and Verizon for working with the Department of Transportation on the safe deployment of 5G to bring more high-speed internet options.
“My team has been relentlessly engaging with mobile operators, airlines and aircraft equipment manufacturers to chart the way forward for 5G deployment and aviation to safely coexist – and, at my request, they will continue to do so until we close the remaining gap and find a permanent and viable solution around these key airports. »
The FAA issued an Airworthiness Notice to the international community on January 14 warning of “continuing operational safety activities related to 5G C-band interference with aircraft systems using radio altimeter data (also known as radar ) when landing on Boeing Model 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10.
The FAA has cleared the Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, MD-10 and MD-11 and the Airbus A310, A319, A320, A321, A330 and A350, for low visibility landings, even in locations with deployments 5G.
On January 7, the FAA released a list of 50 airports that needed a 5G buffer, and it included MIA and FLL. The FAA announced that wireless phone companies had agreed to turn off transmitters and make other adjustments near those airports for six months.
The FAA issued a warning regarding the “risk of potential adverse effects on radio altimeters” on December 23 and a bulletin on November 2. The deployment was delayed on January 5 and December 5.
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