The Christmas spirit was dampened for passengers travelling to India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as several flights from Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi were delayed or rescheduled owing to foggy weather conditions in the country. Flights to Mumbai and Delhi were delayed by as long as 12 hours, forcing several passengers to be stranded at the airports who then took to social media to express their displeasure over the delays.”Air India Express, terrible traveling service. Flight from Sharjah to Mumbai IX 252 delayed for more than 10 hours! No response from 24/7 helpline,” tweeted Raj Shah, one of the passengers. The Air India Express flight IX 252 was originally scheduled to take off from Sharjah Airport at 2.25 am on December 25 and reach Mumbai at 6.55 am, however, the flight took off at 4.34 pm on December 25.A source from Air India said, “The flights from Sharjah were rescheduled considering the weather conditions.” Repeated attempts to get in touch with a spokesperson of Air India Express did not yield any result.The Air India Express Mumbai-Sharjah IX 251 was also delayed by more than 12 hours. The flight was scheduled to take off from Mumbai airport on Sunday at 11.30 pm but took off 12.50 pm on Monday afternoon.Several flights were affected at Mumbai Airport on Monday as well due to traffic congestion.

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