A Monitor Desk Report 15 May, 2017 | 3116 Views|-+
Dubai: A woman passenger gave birth to a child on a Paris-bound Emirates A380 flight on Friday, May 12, confirmed the Airline’s Spokesperson on Sunday.
The flight EK075 took off from Dubai International Airport for Paris , but on the midway was forced to divert to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus , where the mother and baby were medically evacuated from the flight and taken to nearby hospital for necessary follow-up medical attention.
Following the birth, Cyprus Airports at 10.28pm on Friday tweeted: “They say great things come in small sizes. Well we received a sweet surprise today at Larnaka Airport. A baby delivered with an A380!”
According to Emirates Spokesperson the aircraft was refueled and re-departed for Paris with a delay of approximately five hours. “The wellbeing and safety of our passengers and crew are of the utmost importance to Emirates and will not be compromised,” the spokesperson said.
The news has created huge attention in the social media and questions have been raised about how it could happen, when women are not allowed to fly after certain weeks.
On its website section advising people about “travelling while pregnant”, Emirates makes it very clear to passengers that if they are “pregnant and plan to travel once you have entered your 29th week of pregnancy, a medical certificate or letter signed by an appropriately qualified doctor or midwife is required, stating: the confirmation of a singleton or multiple pregnancy; the pregnancy is progressing without complications; the estimated date of delivery; the date up to which you are expected to be fit to travel; that you are in good health [and] that there is no reason known to them that would prevent you from flying.”