Flights diverted because of stormy weather
HUNDREDS of airline passengers ended up in Shannon or Manchester after gale-force winds forced the diversion of 10 flights at Dublin airport yesterday.
The Dublin Airport Authority said that winds gusting up to 50 knots on the airport's main runway forced the diversion of seven flights to Shannon and another three to Manchester.
"It is up to the pilot and air traffic control to decide where an airport is open for business," said a DAA spokesman.
The diversions resulted in some knock-on effects to other flights, but by mid-afternoon services were back to normal.
Ryanair said four of its inbound flights were diverted to Shannon with passengers bussed back to Dublin. Passengers due to travel on those outbound flights were either bussed to Shannon or were accommodated on other flights, said a spokesman.
Aer Lingus said two of its transatlantic flights from New York and Chicago were diverted to Shannon but both were later able to resume their journeys to Dublin.
Several other flights were forced to "go round" before being able to land.