American airlines said Wednesday, that Deployment of new 5G services It had only a small impact on air travel, as the US Federal Aviation Administration said it had issued new approvals to allow landings linked to bad weather and poor visibility.
The administration explained that the increase in approvals granted to Boeing and Airbus aircraft means that 62% of American commercial aircraft can land due to bad weather at some airports, up from 45% earlier.
A large number of global airlines canceled flights to the United States or changed the type of aircraft used on those flights due to fears of interference between the strong signals emitted by the 5G network deployment, which began on Wednesday, and aircraft systems.
AT agreed. AT&T and Verizon on Tuesday evening postponed the commissioning of some new wireless communications towers near major airports as they rolled out their new 5G C-Band service.
As of Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration approved landing aircraft that use five types of altimeters in bad weather.
American Airlines said it had seen “little operational impact” including some delays and four cancellations as a result of the new 5G service.
United Airlines said it expected “a few disruptions at some airports”.
The Aviation Administration warned that despite the approvals it had issued, “flights at some airports may be affected.”
Earlier, Emirates Airlines, the world’s largest international passenger airline and the largest operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft, criticized the “mixed messaging”, announcing the suspension of its flights to nine American destinations.
Company president Tim Clark told CNN that the company did not know the extent of safety concerns until Tuesday and expressed anger at what he called one of the most “negligent and irresponsible” incidents he had witnessed in his career.
He stated that about 32,000 passengers on Emirates flights “will be completely annoyed by the cancellation of flights” during the next three days, adding that the message about the risks arrived “at a very late stage.”