There Are Delays…and Then There Are Delays
July 26, 2017
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  • AT THIS time of the year, may it be due to the extra flights for the holiday season, the annual strikes by air traffic controllers or as in the case of a tyre blow-out at Gatwick Airport, delays of an hour or three are sadly the norm.  But what about 38 hours?

    This was the fate of 150 passengers aboard a Primera Air flight between Sweden and Spain last weekend.  The original itinerary showed the flight was planned to leave Arlanda Airport in Stockholm and due to arrive at Alicante-Elche Airport at midday on Sunday.  Instead, it eventually landed at 01.50hrs in the early hours of Tuesday…some 38 hours late.

    The delay was caused by a fault on the plane and Primera Air couldn’t either repair the problem or find a replacement. It wasn’t just the 150 on board the incoming flight that were disrupted.  Those booked on the outbound flight from Alicante-Elche to Sweden were similarly delayed for the same number of hours and found themselves having to return to their hotels or their homes before finally boarding.