Sunday, 6 May 2018

Saturated Sunday ...

Today it was the first Sunday flights from the UK for Thomas Cook ...

Both aircraft were full of expectant holidaymakers heading for the rock, and many renewing friendships as multiple returning visitors, along with the newbies ...

Only when they arrived at the island, it was raining, and as a result were delayed waiting to land, whilst the airport runway was inspected. Greece like the rest of Europe has been battered by thunderstorms, and heavy rain over the last few days. See the previous blog entry

Safety is the number one priority and TC do not want to keep their assets and their two full aircraft, up there no longer than they have to.

But there comes a time when they have to divert somewhere else, and that is what happened ...

Gatwick arrival MT1180 descended to FL150 then diverted to Thessaloniki, where the passengers disembarked. The aircraft was booked to go on to Dalaman,where it was picking up passengers to return them to the UK.


Manchester arrival MT1480 descended to FL70 over Skopelos, then diverted to Athens. Whilst en route to Athens the aircraft was struck by lightning. After a considerable delay the passengers were taken off the aircraft. The aircraft returned to Manchester (Arriving at 1am)


Both aircraft could not approach or land, due to the wet runway at Skiathos, and the local weather conditions at the time.

I understand both sets of passengers are to be transported via coach to Volos, where they will continue their journey to the island by ferry. There is a ferry at 8am from Volos (Express Skiathos)

The Athens passengers spent the night in a hotel, and will come up by coach, then over on the Proteus tomorrow evening. ETA 22:15 Monday.

The new reps are going to have a baptism of fire, meeting their customers when they arrive. What a start to the season ...

 Previous Blog: Stormy Saturday ...

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