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Easyjet passengers fuming at 12-hour ordeal after London to Belfast flight diverted to Glasgow

By Claire Williamson

Easyjet passengers were left fuming yesterday as they faced a 12-hour delay when their plane from London to Belfast International was diverted to Glasgow.

The 9.15pm flight was due to arrive from Gatwick Airport to Belfast at around 10pm on Sunday but was unable to land due to runway maintenance.

After a number of delays there was then "confusion" over return flights and accommodation.

Queens Park Rangers footballer Joey Barton was among the disgruntled passengers left tired and angry over the lengthy delay. EasyJet apologised for the inconvenience.

Tony Morrison from Londonderry said it was the worst flying experience he had encountered in 25 years of travelling.

Problems started when the 9.15pm flight from London Gatwick to Belfast International was delayed. It's understood the flight didn't leave until 10.40pm and was expected to land an hour later. But passengers were then told they were unable to land due to "problems with the lights on the runway".

The plane diverted to Glasgow, where the pilot initially told passengers they would refuel and go back to Belfast as the runway had reopened. But at 1.30am passengers were told they would have to spend the night in Scotland.

Belfast International Airport said: "The pilot could have landed on the shortened section, however, the foggy conditions prevented this."

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