Two flights to Edinburgh were diverted to Glasgow in the early hours of Tuesday. Ryanair passengers say no assistance was offered.
Two flights bound for Edinburgh were due to land in Glasgow in the early hours of Tuesday morning and Ryanair passengers say no ground handling was offered for two hours.
A Jet2 flight from Tenerife and a Ryanair flight from Malaga were diverted to land at Glasgow International Airport at around 3am due to “scheduled runway maintenance” at Edinburgh Airport.
A spokesperson for Edinburgh Airport said the maintenance was planned to have minimal disruption for passengers and that it originally only involved the Jet2 flight from Tenerife.
However, the Ryanair flight was delayed by three hours before departure, and was therefore forced to land in Glasgow as well.
A spokesperson for Edinburgh Airport revealed:
“Planned runway maintenance was carried out and resulted in two flights being diverted.”
Many passengers took to Twitter to express their frustration after landing in Glasgow, and one man claimed Ryanair had not offered ground transport from Glasgow two hours after landing. According to a Jet2 passenger, the airline was offering bus transport to Edinburgh at 3.30am.
“Flight LS728 from Tenerife to Edinburgh diverted to Glasgow this morning due to planned runway maintenance taking place at Edinburgh Airport,” a Jet2 spokesperson said.
“This diversion was communicated to customers ahead of departure and all customers were offered ground transportation from Glasgow Airport to Edinburgh.”
A Glasgow airport spokesman confirmed that two flights were hijacked from Edinburgh, adding that such detours “are not uncommon at airports, which is worth keeping in mind.”