Ryanair passengers travelling to Dublin stranded at Lisbon airport due to security staff strike
A Ryanair flight travelling from Lisbon has been cancelled 'due to a security staff strike' at the Portuguese airport.
The budget airline plane was due to leave Portugal's capital city at 10am Saturday morning.
However, approximately 140 passengers were left stranded at the airport when their flight departed with no-one on board.
A number of unhappy passengers expressed their frustrations - and concern - over when another flight home would be scheduled.
@Ryanair Is Lisbon to dublin flight today at 10.00am delayed? Half the flight still stuck in checkin Q due to broken luggage belt and strike— Bryan Kirwan (@__BK_) August 27, 2016
@Ryanair I'm booked on Lisbon - Dublin flight FR902 today which was cancelled. Will the flight be rescheduled?— Derry O'Donovan (@derryod) August 27, 2016
@Ryanair hi we are stuck in Lisbon all 140 of us... There saying no flight till Wednesday. The plane left us empty and went back to Dublin.— Serving Great Food (@dancingbighare) August 27, 2016
The Irish Embassy in Portugal kept passengers updated with developments from earlier this afternoon.
A spokesperson for the embassy advised travellers to allow additional time to clear security at check-in.
If you were due to travel from lisbon to Dublin this morning on cancelled flight, please contact Ryanair. You may be able to travel tonight— Lisbon Embassy (@IrlEmbLisbon) August 27, 2016
Ryanair have rescheduled the cancelled flight from Lisbon to Dublin. All travellers should check their emails and for a text message— Lisbon Embassy (@IrlEmbLisbon) August 27, 2016
There is still a strike at all Portuguese airports. You should allow extra time to clear security.— Lisbon Embassy (@IrlEmbLisbon) August 27, 2016
It is understood that another Ryanair flight will accommodate all stranded passengers on an extra flight to Dublin shortly after midnight.
Ryanair have apologised for the inconvenience to their passengers.