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benidorm lanzarote tenerife

Lanzarote, Tenerife or Benidorm?

A flight to Lanzarote ends in Benidorm, after a stopover in Tenerife!

Surrealist. This is how you can consider the Jet2 flight LS981 that departed from Manchester to Lanzarote on October 21 and ended up in Benidorm, after a stop in Tenerife. An odyssey that, at first glance, is difficult to understand, even for the passengers who were on it, as published by Diario de Avisos.

Four hours into the flight, the Weather conditions meant that the plane had to land in Tenerife. It's a practice, not too common, but it's not logical either. The bad thing, according to the Manchester Evening News, is that, over the loudspeaker, they announced something that did not seem so logical: the flight was going to be taken to Alicante.

"They didn't give us any kind of explanation, we felt like prisoners," denounces one of the passengers, who also acknowledged that it was not something that only outraged them: "The crew and the pilot were very angry, shouting, they didn't understand it either."

The flight bound for Lanzarote ended up landing, in the early hours of the morning, in Alicante, to be transferred to Benidorm: "We waited 40 minutes for our luggage, 30 minutes to take a bus and when we finally arrived in Benidorm at 5:15 am we had to queue in the street to get a room in the hotel".

On the part of Jet2 the explanation is clear: it is all due to adverse Weather conditions, according to the media itself: "We offer our sincerest apologies to all those affected, but it is something that is out of our control".

"While we understand the enormous inconvenience this causes, we will never jeopardize everyone's comfort, safety and well-being. We've provided customers with hotel accommodations, and our teams have been working tirelessly to take care of everyone." We can confirm that the flight will depart for Lanzarote this afternoon," they said.

The flight to Lanzarote arrived a day later at its destination, with an odyssey of more than 24 hours.
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I read this story and found it hard to believe Weather conditions led to the plane ending up in Alicante. Due to the lateness of the flight I thought of a possible alternative reason.
If the flight arrived late, after midnight, Lanzarote airport could have actually been closed so the plane was diverted to Tenerife. In Tenerife, perhaps they didn’t have the staff on duty to find accommodation for the 200 odd passengers so they had to fly on to Alicante where this could be arranged. 
Terrible for all the passengers concerned. Especially anyone elderly on the flight.
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