Storm Arwen: 100mph Winds Leaves Passengers Stranded in Travel Chaos Across The UK

Travellers where left stranded at multiple airports across the UK as Storm Arwen lashed the country with 100mph winds and awful weather.

The nation experienced travel chaos across the UK, due to the impacts from Storm Arwen, with extensive disruption and hampered airline operations. Passengers were subjected to long delays, diverted flights and overnight airport stays. Usually straight forward long distance domestic journeys proved to be incredibly difficult over the weekend as rail services and roads were also affected.

Excessive Disruption

  • Reports of long delays at Isle of Man Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Birmingham International Airport.
  • An Emirates flight from Newcastle to Dubai suffered severe delays. According to Flightrader24 EK34 was originally scheduled for 8:05pm on Friday and departed at 9:51pm the following day.
  • A Ryanair flight FR5159 to Malaga scheduled to depart at 7.20pm on Friday was unable to take off and departed to Malaga at 1:11pm Saturday afternoon. The flight eventually reached Malaga at 4:49pm that afternoon, totalling an overall delay of 17 hours and 24 minutes.

“Ryanair sincerely apologised to all customers affected by this weather delay, which was entirely beyond our control.”

A Ryanair spokesperson said: “This flight from Newcastle to Malaga (26 November) was delayed overnight due to severe weather conditions.

The majority of passengers were provided with hotel accommodation and transport, however, due to the travel chaos and room availability, some passengers were subjected to remaining at the airport overnight and were provided with food and drink vouchers.

Flight trackers show extensive disruption at Aberdeen International Airport, with a BA flight to Heathrow and an Eastern Airways service to the Shetland Islands cancelled altogether.

Go Arounds & Flight Diversions  

Some passengers were left furious as many flights, which were scheduled to land in North-East parts of the country, were forced to land much further south at Stansted International Airport.

Jets to Liverpool and Dublin were forced to land on the tarmac in Essex, while two flights with aborted landings at Manchester Airport eventually diverted to Stansted.

EasyJet flight U2429 from Bristol to Edinburgh made multiple missed approaches in the Scottish capital on Friday evening. shows the flight leaving Bristol Airport at 7:12pm then eventually landing at 9:16pm at Glasgow international airport.
EasyJet flight U2429 divert to Glasgow Airport after aborted landings due adverse weather ©

Some flights did manage to land at their scheduled airport after multiple landing attempts.

“Landed on the second attempt – give pilot Chris a raise.”

A traveller returning to Manchester on a Ryanair flight spoke of the “scariest landing ever” at midnight. The passenger said: “So just been on the most scariest landing ever, in sleet.”

Another passenger who Landed at Manchester from Tenerife said that “we were almost going to abandon and land at Stansted. Landed on the second attempt – give pilot Chris a raise.”

Strong Winds
Pilots battle strong winds as they land at Birmingham Airport during Storm Arwen © The Sun on

Strong winds also left aircrafts skidding from side to side as they landed at Birmingham Airport during Storm Arwen over the weekend.

The Met Office warned that north-east and north-west England, the West Midlands and the East Midlands will experience cold weather until Monday. Although the

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Nadeane Smallwood
Nadeane Smallwood
A recent MSc Air Transport graduate, with a passion for aviation, journalism and creative writing. Nadeane is a London based aviation Journalist, with over ten years experience in various roles across the aviation industry and travelled to over 40 countries.


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