Airline Resumes Flight To Italy But Turns Around After Crew Learned Airport Is Still Closed

We're all excited about being able to fly again, but German low-cost carrier Eurowings seems to be more eager than most.

Airline Resumes Flight To Italy But Turns After Crew Learned Airport Is Still Closed
Airline Resumes Flight To Italy But Turns After Crew Learned Airport Is Still Closed Photo: Eurowings 

Last Saturday, a Eurowings flight bound for Olbia, Italy diverted back to Germany after the aircraft's crew learned that Olbia Airport is still closed.



The three-year old Airbus A320 entered a holding pattern in Sardinian airspace after one hour and 30 minutes hoping for permission to land. 

The aircraft's crew were told that their destination airport was closed to commercial traffic only during it's descent by the Air traffic control.

Airline Resumes Flight To Italy But Turns After Crew Learned Airport Is Still Closed
The crew learned the airport was closed only during it's ascent Photo: CNN



Although, the Italian Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport did reopen the airport for commercial air travel, certain measures are under review.

However, only a few hours after the decision, the decision was reversed. The flight EW9844 departed at 06:21 on Saturday, thinking that they have been cleared for the flight.

The aircraft with registration D-AEWJ remained at 1,720 meters above the sea level, with an average speed of 430 kilometers per hour for around forty minutes.

Airline Resumes Flight To Italy But Turns After Crew Learned Airport Is Still Closed
The crew opted to fly back to Germany. Photo: Eurowings



After confirming that they won't be cleared for approach, a diversion was proposed to Cagliari, located 120 miles away. But the crew opted to turn back to Dusseldorf in order to cut its losses.

The flight took a total of four hours and ten minutes. Only two Sardinian passengers along with crew members were on board the aircraft.

Although the Italian authority reopened Olbia Airport for commercial transport on 17th May, a Notice to Airman (NOTAM), was released shortly after the decision clarifying the airport was to remain closed until at least June 2.

Airline Resumes Flight To Italy But Turns After Crew Learned Airport Is Still Closed
Olbia Airport will remain closed until at least 2nd June. Photo: Eurowings



According to reports from Aviation24, one of the parts of NOTAM said:

"Aerodrome closed to commercial aviation traffic in compliance with Regione Sardegna decree 23 of 17th May, 2020."

"General aviation activity and commercial aviation activity on demand (aerotaxi) with aircraft having maximum cabin configuration equal or less than 19 seats are approved in compliance with Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation decree 207/2020 and Regione Sardegna decree 23 of 17th May, 2020."

Airline Resumes Flight To Italy But Turns After Crew Learned Airport Is Still Closed
A misunderstanding led to this event. Photo: Eurowings



Eurowing's spokesperson lays the blame on "a misunderstanding in the consolidation of the relevant flight information."

Additionally, the carrier apologized for the inconvenience saying:

"We would like to apologize to the passengers concerned for the inconvenience. The passengers were rebooked accordingly."

Grounded Eurowings
Majority of the carriers aircraft are grounded. Photo: Eurowings



Along with other airlines around the globe, majority of Eurowing's aircraft are also grounded due to huge decrease in demand for air travel along with travel ban and restrictions.

When do you think air travel will return back to it's previous state? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below:

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