In an absolute nightmare situation, Ryanair passengers who were travelling from Manchester to Dublin on Sunday ended up getting diverted to Paris.
Brits online have been 'sparing a thought' to the flyers diverted to the city of love as flight FR555 was seen on FlightRadar circling the Irish Sea attempting to land at Dublin Airport. Watch the unreal scenes below:
Journalist Nicola Bardon, who was on the flight, explained that travellers 'were already delayed leaving Manchester'.
"We got to Dublin and were over the runway, and then the next thing, we were back in the sky," she told the Manchester Evening News.
"We attempted [to land] again and then the pilot made an announcement that Dublin was too windy and that Manchester was full, so we were going to the East Midlands," she added.
"About 20 minutes later, we were updated to say the UK airports were not an option and that they had made the decision to go to Paris Beauvais.
"There was a big laugh from the passengers when the pilot informed us of Paris initially.
"One person yelled 'Welcome to Pari, would prefer to be in Kerry'."
Taking to X (Twitter), one person tweeted: "Spare a thought for anyone on this Ryanair flight from Manchester to Dublin that has been diverted to Paris because of the weather."
"Yes, you read that right," another replied.
"Watching this Ryanair plane do a big old 'nope' to landing in Dublin," a third added, as another said: "Or, spare a thought for over 150 people on Ryanair555 from Manchester to Dublin."
"Supposed to leave at 1pm, left at 3pm. Failed to land, diverted to PARIS. Plane sat on tarmac until after 10pm tonight.
"Took off, still hasn't landed. Over 10 hours on a Ryanair plane."
Ryanair has provided a statement to LADbible which read: “Due to Storm Isha, some flights to/from the UK and Ireland yesterday (Sun, 21 Jan) and today (Mon, 22 Jan) have regrettably been cancelled/delayed.
“We are working hard to reaccommodate affected passengers and advise all passengers due to travel to/from the UK or Ireland today (Mon, 22 Jan) to check their Ryanair app for the latest updates on their flight.
“Ryanair sincerely apologises to all passengers affected by these storm-related disruptions, which are entirely beyond our control and have impacted all airlines operating to/from the UK and Ireland yesterday (Sun, 21 Jan)/today (Mon, 22 Jan).”
This comes after ESB Networks reported more than 170,000 properties in Ireland were left without power as Storm Isha brought disruption to the electricity and transport networks across the UK.
Northern Ireland Electricity Networks said hundreds of extra staff had been brought in and incident centres opened after around 45,000 customers were left without power, many of them overnight.
ScotRail services have been suspended since 7pm on Sunday and are not expected to resume until around noon on Monday as dozens of lines are closed due to fallen trees and flooding.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “Hundreds of engineers are already out, armed with chainsaws and cherry pickers to remove and repair.
“Once done, route-proving trains will be dispatched before passenger services can restart.
“It’s been a wild night, but passengers and railway staff have been kept safe and we will work tirelessly to get the railway back on its feet as quickly as we can.”Featured Image Credit: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images / FlightRadar