As of 7:05 p.m. Sunday evening, the 170 passengers on Corendon Airlines flight XC5078 to Ankara were already allowed to check in. At 9:05 p.m. they would take off with an Airbus A320 from Corendon. The next morning, they still haven’t left and Corendon is unreachable. The passengers are furious and the atmosphere at the airport is gloomy. “We will block entry and ensure that all flights are cancelled.“
As of 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, the first passengers of the flight to Ankara have already checked in. In mid-June, it was announced that this flight would switch from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Rotterdam The Hague Airport due to new caps on flights from the Dutch capital.
The 170 passengers have been waiting since Sunday evening. At around 8:30 p.m., they were told the flight would be cancelled. “After some protests, Corendon wanted to set up a hotel for people who do not live in the area,», Says one of the passengers. “People who come from the neighborhood had to go home.”
In the meantime, the passengers would not have received any food, but they were given bottles of water from the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.
On Monday morning, the plane was still scheduled to take off at 8:00 a.m. and travelers were expected at the airport at 6:00 a.m. When they arrived, there was no plane at all. The travelers decide together to act. “People are angry and there are screams inside. We will block entry and ensure that all flights are cancelled. Only then will they really hear us and get themselves in trouble.” And the atmosphere is indeed gloomy. “Half an hour more and the windows will go darkshouts a passenger.
Half of the passengers are outside in front of the entrance and the other half are blocking the check-in counter. “We find this very annoying for people who want to catch their flight, but we need to be heard. We are the victims of this situation.”
“We have now heard that we will probably fly out tomorrow morning,», Says one of the passengers. “There is no certainty and nothing is certain. We feel cheated by Corendon.”
Rotterdam The Hague Airport reports the flight was moved by Corendon Airlines International at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. “We advise people to leave the airport. Go home or go to the hotel.Corendon is responsible for further communication with passengers and arranging accommodation, if required. “I haven’t seen such a delayed flight in 2.5 years. It’s vacation time. Unfortunately it happens.”
Plane grounded in Germany
The cause of the delay is the Corendon plane which took off on Sunday three hours late from Ankara bound for Rotterdam. Due to noise regulations, passenger aircraft are not permitted to land at Rotterdam The Hague Airport after 23:00.
This Airbus A320 registration 9H-MMO was en route as flight XC5077 from Ankara to Rotterdam on Sunday evening, but diverted to Muenster when it was clear they could not land in Rotterdam until 11:00 p.m.
Ankara’s plane therefore had to divert to Münster airport. Buses remained there to transport the 170 passengers to Rotterdam The Hague airport. At 04:00 they arrived at Rotterdam airport.
Two hours after landing, the plane left empty for Ankara under flight number CAI507P. Corendon must therefore find another plane to transport the passengers stranded in Rotterdam.
UPDATE: The backup aircraft will be the SkyUp Airlines Boeing 737-800 registered UR-SQB.
Vertraagde vlucht van #Corendon zondagavond 24 juli met bestemming Ankara is opnieuw vertraagd. De vlucht is uitgesteld naar dinsdagochtend 26 juli om 10.00 uur op #rtha. More info on your vliegmaatschappij. https://t.co/8yJ4em2jQn
— Rotterdam The Hague Airport (@RTHA_Nieuws) July 25, 2022
Source: Rijnmond and Flightradar24