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Cork-bound flight diverted to Dublin over lack of tall stairs

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A CORK-BOUND FLIGHT had to be diverted to Dublin after the airport didn’t have aircraft stairs tall enough to deal with the plane.

TheJournal.ie has confirmed that an issue occurred on Monday when a chartered Boeing 737 and its crew, who were due to fly passengers from Cork to Reus near Barcelona in Spain, were delayed.

The incident was first reported in the Irish Examiner.

When the crew landed in Bulgaria they were found to be ‘out of hours’ and could not fly.

The chartered airline then had to source another plane at short notice. As it is peak season, this proved difficult and the only available aircraft was a Boeing 767.

Holidaymakers were bused to Dublin to catch their outbound flight.

Passengers on the return leg also had to travel via Dublin when it emerged the handling agent at Cork airport, Swissport, didn’t have a stairs tall enough to accommodate the aircraft.

None of the airlines that use Cork Airport, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Stobart Air, use a plane as large as the Boeing 767 there.

The airport is not commenting on the incident as it’s an issue with the airline, as opposed to them directly.

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