Storm Emma horror: Quick flight to London becomes 30-hour odyssey thanks to freak blizzards

Storm Emma brought chaos for plane passengers last week

Storm Emma brought chaos for plane passengers last week

Monday, March 5, 2018

Passengers flying from Mallorca to London last week were forced to endure a real-life version of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, their two-and-a-half hour journey turning into a near 30-hour nightmare thanks to Storm Emma.

The British Airways flight was supposed to arrive in London City Airport at 12.25pm on Friday (March 2), but passengers didn't arrive for a full day as the freak weather conditions took the plane what one described as an "odyssey".

Passengers told talkRADIO that, on their way to London, the plane was forced to divert to Rotterdam Airport, a detour of some 300 miles, due to the snow which engulfed the UK. Once there they were forced to wait three hours on the plane until they were ready to leave.

Then, as they were due to take-off, it was announced that the flight was diverted again, this time to Humberside Airport - a further detour of 175 miles - where they spent the night in a hotel paid for by the airline.

On Saturday morning they were going to fly to London City and when they had passed the police control, they were told the flight had been cancelled, forcing them to endure a three-and-a-half hour bus journey.

Eventually the beleaguered passengers arrived at their scheduled arrival point at 2.30 on Saturday - 26 hours later than planned.

One passenger, opera singer Andrew Foster Williams, tweeted that he and his fellow customers had been "completely abandoned" in Humberside and described the whole situation as an "absolute nightmare."

Foster Williams also said he ended up driving from Hull to London and he had "had enough" of British Airways.

A family which was travelling with a six-month-old baby recounted their own experience to talkRADIO, telling us: "The worst thing was that, even though we were in a flight from Spain and the majority of passengers spoke Spanish, none of the crew spoke the language - so no-one understood anything and no-one knew what was going on.

"There was a flight attendant who was really kind and took real care of us, but they only got snacks to eat because there wasn't sufficient food for everyone.

"There was an old lady with a wheelchair and she really suffered on the bus journey to London."

The chaotic journey offers a snapshot of the chaos caused by the 'beast from the east' storm, followed by Storm Emma, last week. More than 1,000 flights were cancelled, with all major airlines affected.