People flying to (or from) Cork Airport ran into bizarre issues that caused flight delays and cancellations. A private plane experienced a tire puncture on the runway, which caused disruptions to the airport operations.
Last Friday, a Finnair Airbus A319-100 en route from Helsinki to Manchester had to re-route and land in Stockholm due to the loss of cabin pressure. The plane landed safely. A replacement plane took the passengers to Manchester with a delay of 4 hours, which is claimable!
On Saturday, a SAS flight for Stockholm to Prague was interrupted due to issues with nose landing gear and had to land back at Stockholm. However, after two hours spent on the runway, no issue was found. The plane took off and reached Prague with a delay of 3 hours, which might be claimable!
Also on Saturday, a Swiss Airbus was climbing out of Zurich for a flight to Pristina (Kosovo) when it had to abort flight due to bird strike to a right-hand engine. After burning off fuel for 45 minutes (I doubt the Swiss would appreciate it being dumped on their heads), it landed in Zurich. A replacement plane took the passengers to Pristina with a delay of 3 hours – unfortunately, the bird strike makes this one unclaimable.
On Sunday, a Neos Boeing 767-300 (flying for Arkia) had to turn back from its flight from Barcelona to Tel Aviv after the left-hand engine made a few bangs and displayed streaks of flame. The plane landed safely 20 minutes after departure. The airline was looking into getting a replacement flight. If you were on it and you were more than 3 hours late to reach Tel Aviv, you can claim compensation!
A Monday flight from Milan to Tokyo developed an auto thrust control problem and had to land back in Milan 1 hour and 50 minutes after takeoff. Alitalia found another plane to make the flight and the passengers reached Tokyo with a delay of 6 hours.
On Wednesday, a KLM Boeing 777-200 flying from Amsterdam to Atlanta when it had to turn back due to hydraulic failure. It landed 2.5 hours after takeoff. A regular hydraulic failure would make it claimable, but it is rumored that the crew suspect bird strike on takeoff. If it’s the former, you are safe to claim, but if it’s the latter, you won’t be compensated. On the other hand, claiming costs nothing to you, so what do you have to lose?
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