An Easyjet flight which had been diverted to an airport in Portugal allegedly took off without its disembarked passengers, who had to travel by coach to their final destination.
The passengers, who boarded the flight from London Gatwick to Lisbon, had to disembark at Porto airport on Friday afternoon because the runway in Lisbon was closed.
According to flight tracking website, radarbox24.com, the flight left Gatwick at 11.05am BST (British Summer Time) and landed in Porto just over two hours later at 1.11pm WEST (Western Europe Summer Time).
They were told they would get back on the plane after refuelling, but nearly three hours later they were told their flight had taken off for Lisbon without them.
The flight was recorded by radarbox24.com as leaving Porto at 3.52pm (WEST) and landed in Lisbon at 4.26pm (WEST).
The forgotten passengers from @easyJet flight EZY 8717 that have been stuck at Porto for 3 hours when we should be in Lisbon. Better than the plane with broken AC and toilet? #verybudgetairline pic.twitter.com/mGbjnRZIKW— Frazer Rendell (@frazerrendell) April 12, 2019
They then had to get a bus provided by the airline to Lisbon.
Therefore, rather than arrive in just three hours after take-off from London, they got to Lisbon eight hours late.
Turns out @easyJet flight EZY 8171 flew on to Lisbon leaving the passengers stranded in Porto airport. Passengers now waiting for buses and will arrive 8 hours late in Lisbon after 2 hour flight from Gatwick. #generationeasyjet ? https://t.co/tMIzb6yPzh— Frazer Rendell (@frazerrendell) April 12, 2019
Passenger Frazer Rendell told the Sun newspaper: "We got to the airport just after two o'clock and were sat there until 4.30pm until someone said your plane has taken off and has gone to Lisbon without you.
"Everyone was shocked that the plane had gone without us in the same condition that it arrived in. At 5.50pm, passengers boarded the coach and went to Lisbon."
Passengers on @easyJet EZY8717 arrive in Lisbon 9 hours late by coach and 6 hours after their plane arrived after the crew abandoned its passengers in Porto and flew on without them to Lisbon #generationeasyjet pic.twitter.com/bCbDb0p78k— Frazer Rendell (@frazerrendell) April 12, 2019
A spokesman from easyJet told a UK radio station, Surrey Live: "easyJet can confirm that flight EJU8717 from London Gatwick to Lisbon on 12 April diverted to Porto due to the runway closure at Lisbon.
"Once in Porto the flight was subject to a slot constraint and so the decision was taken to disembark passengers for their comfort.
'The slot delay unfortunately caused crew to exceed their legal working hours limit so passengers were provided with refreshment vouchers and offered coach transfers to Lisbon.
"After customers had disembarked a slot became available and so the flight operated an empty sector to Lisbon to ensure it could operate later sectors.
"Although this is outside of easyJet's control, we would like to apologise to passengers for the inconvenience caused and thank them for their patience.
"The safety of its passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority."