Weather of Arabia - Khartoum International Airport received 12 Ethiopian planes, which made an emergency landing within 6 hours between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to the Sudan News Agency (SUNA).
The emergency landing came as a result of bad weather and low visibility to only 800 meters at Addis Ababa airport, according to the agency.
The Ethiopian Airlines planes were coming from a number of European and Asian airports, and were heading to Addis Ababa.
The head of the Civil Aviation Authority in Sudan, Ibrahim Adlan, said, "The Khartoum airport authorities dealt with high professionalism and in full coordination with all relevant authorities, and received the Ethiopian planes and provided them with all the necessary technical and logistical services until their safe departure after the improvement of conditions at Addis Ababa airport, without being affected. Airport services and its absolutely normal flight schedules.”
Adlan added that "Khartoum Airport acts as a backup airport for Addis Ababa Airport in such circumstances, according to agreed international arrangements, but it has never before received 12 Ethiopian planes within 6 hours."
The Sudanese official indicated that two additional Ethiopian planes had diverted their destinations to the airports of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Djibouti.