Having noted planenut's allusion to CWL in yesterday's snowy episode (on the LBA forum) reminded me I meant to post something yesterday and forgot.
I noted at least three BA transatlantic diversions in at CWL yesterday morning on the Ceefax page. My memory is letting me down a bit but I believe Philadelphia and Denver might have been two of the originating airports.
Can anybody confirm or deny the routes mentioned above and what type of aircraft?
[textarea]Family’s 50-hour delay in holiday nightmare
Holidaymakers have told of their getaway nightmare after being delayed by nearly 50 hours.
Passengers waiting to return to Cardiff Airport were delayed by 31 hours at Bourgas Airport in Bulgaria. The delay was attributed to a technical fault.
But some families had already endured an 18-hour wait at Cardiff Airport on the way out.
Holiday operator Thomson last night apologised to “customers who felt communication of the delay and our management on the ground was not what it should have been”.
The 131 travellers, who included two children aged under three, were scheduled to fly out of Bourgas during the early hours of May 31.
Nigel Evans, 45, from Bryncethin, Bridgend, his wife Jayne and sons Gareth and Dafydd headed to Bulgaria, where they have an apartment, for a one-week holiday.
But it got off to a bad start at Cardiff Airport.
Mr Evans said: “Five hours after we arrived at the airport we were told that the flight was cancelled and we would stay in a hotel in Cardiff.”
But that delay would be a breeze compared to their return journey.
Mr Evans said: “We arrived at Bourgas late Monday night, for our flight at 1.30am on Tuesday.
“In departures it came over the Tannoy that there were technical issues.
“We waited two hours and were then told the flight had been cancelled.”
What followed was an entire day of uncertainty, during which passengers endured broken down buses and repeated trips back and forth to the airport.
“There were ladies there in wheelchairs and with diabetes who would soon need medication,” he said.
“One young couple needed milk for their 15-month-old baby and they had just £1.50 to their name – everyone had spent their holiday money.”
The holidaymakers finally left Bulgaria at 8.45am on Wednesday morning.
A spokeswoman for Thomson Airways said the delay was due to an earlier disrupted flight.
She said: “Thomson Airways appreciates that flight delays are frustrating and would like to reassure customers that such delays are only made when absolutely necessary.
“In this particular case, the delay occurred due to a technical fault onboard an aircraft within our fleet.
“It was decided that this aircraft could not fly until further repairs were undertaken. Due to the complexities of the repair, an alternative aircraft was used to operate this flight and despite our best efforts this did result in a knock-on delay to flight TOM6155.
“The airline would like to apologise to customers who felt communication of the delay and our management on the ground was not what it should have been.
Looking really busy tonight at Cardiff Airport in regards to diverted flights due to snow - So far they have had ..
Thomas Cook B752 diverted flight from Fuerteventura to Birmingham
Flybe E190 diverted flight from Salzburg to Birmingham
Thomson B752 diverted flight from Innsbruck to Birmingham
Bmibaby B733 diverted flight from Chamberry to East Midlands
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