The biggest flight disruption this week came for WOW Air passengers, as the airline ceased its operation and cancelled all flights. Luckily for them, airlines like Icelandair stepped in to offer “rescue flights.”
Last Friday, an American Airlines flight from Munich to Philadelphia had to stop the climb when the crew reported that one of the air conditioning packs was inoperative. The plane had to go in for an overweight landing (probably due to not jettisoning fuel) 20 minutes later. The flight was cancelled. This cancellation smells like a flight compensation claim to me!
On Wednesday, an Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna to Sibiu (Romania) landed at Sibiu… where a tire burst, prompting the airline to cancel the flight back. The passengers were rebooked for the next day. I hope they got all the care that was due under Regulation (EC) 261/2004.
Again on Wednesday, an American Airlines flight from New York to London had to divert to and land at Shannon (Ireland) after the crew reported a cargo smoke indicator. They believed it to be a false alarm, but still enacted the whole checklist (better be safe than on fire high up in the sky) and used the fire suppression system. The plane landed safely and the emergency crews didn’t find any trace of fire and smoke. The flight continued to London, with the final delay of 2,5 hours, making it invalid for a delayed flight compensation claim.