The airline Jet2 suspended flight operations from Belfast International Airport for two days, following concerns over the delay of maintenance issues on the main runway, due to the recent bad weather. Jet2 had reported engine-related problems on three occasions, but there was no evidence to suggest it was related to the runway.
Despite assurances from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Jet2 switched flights to George Best Belfast City Airport and City of Derry Airport instead.
Belfast International Airport agreed to investigate their concerns, but Jet2 was the only airline to suspend flights or report any issues.
The company apologised, saying, “We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this has caused, however the safety of our customers is of paramount importance and we will not operate from Belfast International Airport’s main runway until the resurfacing has finished.”
Jet2 agreed to resume flights, using the airports’ alternative runway two days later.
They issued a statement that said, “This decision follows close consultation with the airport and a detailed safety assessment conducted today (Tuesday). All our customers due to travel from Belfast International this week should go to the airport as normal.