Airline plane takes Wrong Direction to Pick Up an Extra Crew Member

Airline Reroutes Plane With Passengers Onboard 325 Miles in the Wrong Direction to Pick Up an Extra Crew Member

 A plane of passengers were taken to the wrong country so that their airline could pick up an extra crew member before continuing onto the intended destination. And it wasn’t even a one-off occurrence – the airline made the unexcepted stop twice in just one week.

 a one-off occurrence – the airline made the unexcepted stop twice in just one week.

 

The latest incident saw passengers aboard a TUI Airways flight from Norwich in the east of England to the Greek holiday resort of Corfu sent nearly 325 miles in the wrong direction to pick up a crew member in Belfast, Simple Flying reported.

 

Once on the ground in Belfast, an extra crew member boarded the plane and the Boeing 737 jet made its way to Corfu on a route that saw it pass straight back over Norwich where it had just come from.

 

The diversion cost the airline an additional 650 miles in fuel and resulted in the passengers getting to their intended destination nearly two and a half hours late. Flights operated by the same aircraft continued to be hit by rolling delays up to Saturday night.

 

The reason for the bizarre diversion is down to the fact that the plane actually belongs to Canada’s Sunwing Airlines and is being loaned to TUI Airways over Europe’s busy Summer holiday season.

 

While TUI’s cabin crew are trained to operate on the leased aircraft, only Sunwing’s own pilots are licensed to fly Sunwing aircraft which can throw up staffing challenges when the plane is operating away from its home base in Canada.

 

 

Sunwing only has a handful of pilots in Europe working on behalf of TUI so when someone goes sick or isn’t able to work a flight there might not be a replacement pilot available.

 

TUI and Sunwing had limited options – either cancel a flight or send a plane to pick up the crew member who was needed to operate another flight.

 

In this case, the airline chose the option that, at least, resulted in everyone getting to their final destination with a delay of less than a few hours.

 

A spokesperson for TUI Airways said it understood the “frustration” felt by passengers and apologised for any inconvenience they experienced.


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