EasyJet flight fails to make one of world’s trickiest landings, forcing passengers to return home

By Linsey McNeill
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A plane-load of passengers landed back in Bristol 11 hours after they set off when the pilot of their easyJet flight decided it wasn’t safe to land in Madeira.

The easyJet flight had reached Funchal, the Portuguese island’s capital, but on the approach to the airport the pilot decided it was too windy to land safely.

The airport has one of the trickiest landings in the world, with pilots forced to make a sharp 180-degree turn to reach the runway.

It is also notoriously windy, so only the most skilled pilots are able to make the descent. It’s not unusual for flights to Madeira to be cancelled due to high winds. In fact, on Easter Sunday, two flights – a TUI Fly and a Transavia – had to divert to the Canary Islands after failing to land at Funchal’s Cristiano Ronaldo airport.

And, according to the blog simplyflying.com, Jet2 had to cancel three flights to Madeira due to windy weather.

On this latest occasion, the pilot of the easyJet aircraft decided to abort the landing and headed to nearby Porto Santo instead.

The aircraft briefly refuelled on the island then headed to Faro, on the Portuguese mainland, and then flew back to Bristol.

A spokesperson for easyJet told The Mirror: “We can confirm that flight EZY6245 from Bristol to Funchal diverted to Porto Santo and subsequently to Faro, as a result of winds gusting outside the limits of the aircraft.

“As the forecast was unfortunately not set to improve, the decision was taken to return to Bristol and the flight was to be cancelled.

“Whilst this was outside of our control we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused as a result of the weather. We did all possible to minimise the impact of the disruption for affected customers, providing hotel meals and accommodation where required, as well as the option to transferring to an alternative for free, or receive a voucher or refund.

“The safety and well-being of our customers and crew is our highest priority.”

Hundreds of travel industry professionals (including Travel Gossip’s own Bruce Martin) will be flying out to Madeira next week for the Advantage Conference, taking place in Funchal from 29 April to 2 May. Here’s wishing them fair weather!

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