Party’s over! Furious Brits spend night in Ibiza airport as Lufthansa plane still blocks runway after its tyres BURST during landing nearly 24 hours ago
British holidaymakers have been left seething after many were forced to spend the night at an airport because a plane’s tyres burst while landing.
Ibiza Airport came to a standstill after a Lufthansa Airbus, travelling from Frankfurt, landed hard and burst two of its tyres of the right main landing gear.
Data from FlightRadar revealed that flight LH1466 got into Ibiza Airport just before 3pm local time on Saturday, but has not yet left the party island.
The aircraft, which was carrying nearly 200 people at the time, was seen stuck on Ibiza’s single runway more than 24 hours after it landed.
It is understood that 44 flights were cancelled yesterday alone, made up of 21 arrivals and 23 departures.
Restaurants were packed out with frustrated fliers
Hundreds of people were seen outside outside Ibiza Airport
The plane was seen on the tarmac more than 24 hours after it landed
On top of this, 14 flights were diverted from the airport, which has just one runway.
Chaos has erupted at the airport in the hours since the crash, with holidaymakers from across the world being told that they need to figure out sleeping arrangements for themselves.
Hundreds of confused passengers were seen inside and out of the airport anxiously checking their phones.
Airport restaurants were full to the brim with passengers who were expecting to get on their planes and go home.
One woman claimed that after her flight to Ibiza was diverted to Barcelona, she was promised a cabin on the eight-hour ferry to the island. But she said that Ryanair, the airline she was travelling with, later told her she wouldn’t get a cabin.
‘So have to stay up all night and until 6am tomorrow with no change of clothes. Disgusting,’ Hannah Middleton said via X, formerly known as Twitter.
Airport crews were seen trying to bring the plane off the tarmac
Two of its tyres burst upon landing at Ibiza Airport
It is understood that 44 flights were cancelled yesterday alone, made up of 21 arrivals and 23 departures
The plane was carrying nearly 200 people at the time
She said in a separate post: ‘We have not even been given food and drink vouchers and been told by staff we will not be given a refund for anything we buy on the ferry.’
Another holidaymaker, George Seers, says that his airline, British Airways, had not told him when his flight had been rebooked for and where his hotel would be.
‘[British Airways], your low standards of customer service have been taken to new depths by the complete absence of any on the ground support at Ibiza Airport after the cancellation of BA 453,’ he wrote on X.
A spokesperson for Lufthansa said: ‘During the landing of the Lufthansa flight LH1466 on 16th September from Frankfurt to Ibiza, the two tires of the right main landing gear were damaged.
Aena, the company that operated Ibiza Airport, said it ‘worked with [Lufthansa] to solve the issue as soon as possible’
Holidaymakers from across the world were seen staying in the airport for hours
‘The aircraft landed safely and came to a stop at the end of the runway. On board the Airbus A321 were 179 passengers and 6 crew members. There was no danger to the guests or crew at any time.
‘All passengers and crew members exited the aircraft normally via the stairs. The aircraft was able to be towed off the runway and was investigated in detail by engineering.
‘Lufthansa regrets any inconvenience caused to all passengers. Safety is a top priority at all times.’
Aena, the company that operated Ibiza Airport, said it ‘worked with [Lufthansa] to solve the issue as soon as possible.’
MailOnline has contacted Ryanair and British Airways for comment.