A low-cost German airline tried to resume flights to Italy — but its jet was forced to turn around just outside its destination because the airport was still closed, according to reports. The Airbus A320 operated by Eurowings departed Düsseldorf early Saturday en route on a 730-mile trip to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport in Sardinia, Italy, but was flying above Corsica when air traffic controllers told pilots of the closure, Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera reports. Flight EW9844 was then kept in a 40-minute holding pattern while the pilot attempted to get special permission to land
A diversion was proposed to Cagliari, some 120 miles away, reports Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, but the flight crew opted to cut its losses and head back to Düsseldorf. This little sightseeing tour of western Europe, for the benefit of the A320’s load of two Sardinian passengers
Eurowings spokesman told CNN Travel: ‘Against the background of the corona crisis, the situation at numerous airports in Europe is very dynamic. ‘The large amount of information provided on operating hours or airport closures are often changed at short notice,’ the spokesman added, and there are ‘daily changes in entry regulations in the various countries,’ as reported by Daily Mail.
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