List of flights disrupted by Storm Isha as gales spark chaos

  • 100mph gales and heavy downpours barrelled down on the nation overnight
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Flights across Britain are in chaos today as Storm Isha’s 100mph gales and heavy downpours battered the country.

Planes have been grounded, with flights bound for Britain and Ireland forced to divert to mainland Europe instead.

Flightradar data shows how a Ryanair flight from Tenerife bound for Dublin was diverted to France, while another plane headed for Scotland was rerouted to Germany as winds struck the country.

Twitter/X users shared memes in response to the diversions, with one writing: ‘Flew from Manchester to Dublin today, only we didn’t land in Dublin, or back to Manchester. Bonjour from Paris!’

Many discovered their flights have been cancelled or diverted as Storm Isha batters the UK
Many Brits discovered their flights have been cancelled or diverted as Storm Isha batters the UK, with one plane heading to Dublin ending up in Paris
A plane heading to Dublin from Manchester took 11 hours and flew in a circle. It circled Dublin, then diverted to Belfast, before heading back and landing in Liverpool. Normally it is a one hour flight from Manchester to Dublin
Hundreds of travellers wait in Leeds Bradford Airport after their flights were cancelled
Meanwhile in Bristol Airport, travellers who were forced to sleep on-site were pictured lying next to floor heating vents to stay warm

Flight cancellations: 

Heathrow Airport : 

  • One Air to Frankfurt – 8:00
  • British Airways to Amsterdam – 8:25
  • British Airways to Copenhagen – 8:40
  • KLM to Amsterdam – 8:40
  • Air Canada to Halifax – 9:00
  • British Airways to Dallas – 10:40
  • British Airways to Milan – 11:40 
  • British Airways to Paris – 13:05
  • TAP Air Portugal to Lisbon – 13:40
  • British Airways to Aberdeen – 14:20
  • British Airways to Jersey – 14:30
  • British Airways to Geneva – 15:05
  • British Airways to Manchester – 17:30

 Gatwick Airport:

  • British Airways to London City Airport – 8:35 
  • Ryanair to Dublin – 9:00
  • British Airways to Glasgow – 10:20
  • British Airways to London City Airport – 13:10
  • British Airways to London City Airport – 13:20
  • Ryanair to Dublin – 17:35

London Stansted Airport:

  • British Airways to London – 10:30
  • British Airways to London – 12:00

Bristol Airport: 

  • KLM to Amsterdam – 9:00
  • Barcelona – 12:15

Edinburgh Airport: 

  • British Airways to London – 10:50
  • Ryanair to Dublin – 12:15

Dublin Airport:

  • Ryanair to Liverpool – 8:50
  • Ryanair to Kerry – 9:05 
  • Ryanair to Edinburgh – 10:45
  • Aer Lingus to Donegal – 11:40
  • Ryanair to Rome – 15:00
  • Ryanair to London – 15:40
  • Ryanair to Birmingham – 15:40

 Birmingham Airport:

  • KLM to Amsterdam – 9:20
  • Ryanair to Dublin – 19:25

 Manchester Airport:

  • KLM to Amsterdam – 9:06
  • British Airways to London – 19:25

 Glasgow International Airport:

  • British Airway to London – 8:40
  • British Airways to London – 12:45 

Leeds Bradford Airport:

  • Aer Lingus to Belfast – 8:50
  • Aer Lingus to Dublin – 8:55
  • Vistajet to Munich – 10:00

Passengers were left stranded 500 miles away from their intended destination after their Manchester to Dublin flight was forced to divert to Paris as the storm rolled in on Sunday. 

The flight, which was initially due to land at Dublin International Airport at around 3.30pm, was already delayed by an hour when leaving Manchester Airport on Sunday afternoon.

However, due to ‘dangerous’ winds, the plane was forced to circle over the Irish Sea multiple times before aborting its landing and instead flying to Paris Beauvais-Tille Airport, landing shortly before 5.30pm.

Dublin International Airport had already issued a public warning about possible flight cancellations, delays and a stream of aborted landings, with numerous other flights diverting to Manchester and other airports across the country.

Two hours later, at 7.30pm, one passenger on board the Ryanair flight said those on board were still stuck on the runway in Paris.

A flight from Copenhagen to Dublin was also diverted to Manchester yesterday. 

It took off at 5:15pm last night, circled near Dublin before being diverted to Belfast and headed back to Manchester – but actually landed at the John Lennon Airport in Liverpool instead.

According to Flightradar, this took 11 hours. It is normally a one hour flight from Manchester to Dublin.

One Ryanair flight flying from Manchester to London’s Stansted Airport attempted to land but then took the passengers to Budapest instead.

Another passenger who boarded a flight at Edinburgh yesterday for a one hour flight to Bristol said she ended up in Paris.

Kim Woodcock, 67, and the other passengers waited on the tarmac for four hours and those with a passport eventually went to hotels. 

But those who didn’t – around 50 – had to sleep in the departure lounge instead.

They were given a tuna sandwich each and a bottle of water but no hot food or drinks. 

Ms Woodcock spent the night sleeping on the floor, using her bag as a pillow.

She told MailOnline: ‘I’m exhausted, it’s been really difficult. I was hoping to be home at 5pm last night for a roast dinner!’

She said she is still currently waiting in Paris for a return flight to the UK, expected to depart this afternoon.

Despite the disruption, many found the funny side of things and very soon hundreds of memes about the odd destinations of the flights were circulating on social media. 

The 100mph gales and heavy downpours barrelled down on the nation overnight, with many flights trying to come into the country facing a shaky landing.

A flight travelling from Sharm El Sheikh to Glasgow Airport declared an emergency due to Storm Isha.

A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said the TUI flight was ‘diverted to Manchester due to current weather conditions’.

A British Airways flight on its way from Ibiza to London City Airport was among the scores of passenger aircraft which were forced to divert as winds of up to 90mph hit the UK.

Nervous passengers erupted into applause after their diverted plane made a shaky landing during powerful winds.

A holidaymaker shared a video on X showing the bumpy ride as the plane came into land at Gatwick, before the cabin erupted into applause and cheers for the captain, with one grateful passenger heard shouting ‘Go on geezer!’

There was also applause for the captain of an Alicante to Edinburgh flight, who managed to land their Jet2 plane despite dramatic crosswinds.

Travel chaos also hit Scotland amid ‘tornado watch’ warnings and amber weather alerts, with luggage filmed being blown across the runway at Edinburgh Airport.

A number of other flights were forced to divert to other airports due to Storm Isha winds on Sunday, with a haul of other flights cancelled from UK airports, including Manchester. 

But some travellers were furious when Ryanair revealed its overnight accommodation plans for them.

Passengers hoping for news of their flights during the bad weather conditions in Leeds
A large hall is pictured with a metal roof housed rows of camping beds with yellow foil blankets for people to sleep on for Ryanair travellers
Passengers had to spend the night at Tille Airport after their flight from Faro was diverted
Others slept on waiting room chairs wrapped in coats and hats

Posting a photo and video on X, one customer said: ‘This is your excuse for overnight accommodation when a flight is rerouted. Absolutely disgraceful.’

A large hall with a metal roof housed rows of camping beds with yellow foil blankets for people to sleep on.

Meanwhile in Bristol Airport, travellers who were forced to sleep on-site were pictured lying next to floor heating vents to stay warm.

Others slept on waiting room chairs wrapped in coats and hats.

An Easyjet flight which took off from Edinburgh yesterday afternoon circled Bristol ‘for some time’ before the pilot was forced to change route and land in Paris instead.

Tom Shepard, 39, told BristolLive that he and the other passengers had to wait on the tarmac for three hours while staff debated whether to try and fly back to Bristol to see if the wind had lessened. 

He said: ‘We though the pilot was joking at first. We couldn’t believe there was no other airport in the UK that we could land at.’

Another flight which was coming from Lanzarote to Dublin was diverted, ending up in Bordeaux, France instead. 

Crowds gathered in Dublin airport after flights were cancelled due to Storm Isha last night, which saw flights diverted away from Ireland

Stranded passengers were left fuming in Cologne Airport, Germany, when four flights to Edinburgh were diverted due to the storm.

One person posted on X that they had been promised hotel rooms but were left sleeping on the floor. 

A number of Edinburgh-bound flights were forced to divert to Germany’s Cologne Bonn Airport – over 550 miles away.

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A total of 10 flights bound for Glasgow Airport diverted to airports including Glasgow Prestwick, Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool and London Stansted on Sunday. 

This morning a rare red warning came into effect for Scotland, with alerts that some areas could see wind speeds of 100mph causing a ‘danger to life’.

The Met Office is warning people not to go outside and to shelter in place as the storm brings life-threatening winds, with the potential for flying debris and roofs blown off.

Andy Giles was due to fly from Newquay, Cornwall, to Faro in Portugal on Sunday afternoon.

But Mr Giles, from Looe, Cornwall, said: ‘The flight was diverted to Stansted because of the weather.

‘We were told to jump on a bus to go to Stansted to catch the plane up.

‘Six-and-half hours later and we arrived at Stansted at 12.15am this morning and we are still waiting.

‘We’re still here. We’ve been here all night with no sleep because they said if you go to sleep and miss the email, you miss the flight and you won’t get there.

Mr Giles, who is working in Portugal, said 31 passengers chose to travel to Stansted but some people went home rather than face the long bus trip.

He said they were given food vouchers at Newquay which were not redeemable at Stansted.

Travellers were forced to spend the night sleeping on metal chairs with foil blankets in Tille
Joshua Ely, 32, and his mother Michelle Buckby, 49, spent the night in Tille Aiport

Joshua Ely, 32, and his mother Michelle Buckby, 49, had to spend the night sleeping on metal chairs with foil blankets after their Ryanair flight from Faro to East Midlands Airport (EMA) was diverted to Tille, France.

Their flight spent half-an-hour hovering over EMA before it was diverted to Tille because it was too dangerous to try to land. 

The warehouse team leader, from Leicester, told MailOnline: ‘When we got to Faro Airport we had a weather alert from Ryanair saying there was bad weather at home but we didn’t expect it to be as bad as this.

‘We were in the air for about four hours and when we got to Tille at 10pm it was a bit of a shambles. The airport didn’t have enough camp beds, so my mother and I had to sleep on metal chairs and it was freezing, so we got no sleep.

‘The airport was handing out bottles of water but my mother and I had to share one between two of us.’

Mr Ely and Ms Buckby finally landed at EMA this morning, roughly 16 hours after they left Faro. 

He said: ‘I wish they had just left us in Faro so we could spend an extra night there because now I’ve had no sleep. I’ve had to pay for an Uber home because my husband couldn’t pick us up at the airport and I’ve had to take today off work.’

The passengers were given free boarding cards for the flight, but Mr Ely claims he hasn’t received any messages from Ryanair about further compensation passengers might expect to receive.

In a statement, Ryanair said: ‘The mother and son had flown to the Algarve for a long weekend and the holiday was Mr Ely’s Christmas present to his mother.  He said: ‘Overall, the holiday was lovely just didn’t have a very nice end to it!’

Many found the funny side of things and posted memes to social media

At Leeds Bradford Airport, three departing flights have been cancelled today and some are delayed by over six hours.

Winds reached 50mph overnight in the city, but are expected to drop to 40mph later today. 

The Met Office has weather warnings in place covering the entirety of Britain heading into early Monday morning.

The most serious of these is a rare red warning for wind, which is in place in northern Scotland between 1am and 5am, as meteorologists predict gusts of 90 to 100mph.

The warning covers Thurso and Wick to the north, Fraserburgh and Peterhead to the east and goes as far west as Cromarty and Nairn.

The Met Office said there winds would bring a ‘risk of damage, disruption and a danger to life’, with flying debris, large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes.

There could be damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down, as well as power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

Amber warnings for wind cover most of the rest of Britain, aside from London and East Anglia, where a yellow warning is place.

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