By Andrew Atkinson LATEST NEWS
FLIGHTS from Alicante-Elche to Liverpool John Lennon Airport were delayed on Wednesday – after a private jet skidded off the runway – that caused flight cancellations and delays.
Mike Gordon, billionaire owner of Liverpool football club, was aboard the private jet, that closed John Lennon Airport, after over shooting the runway.
The EZY 22.40 arrival flight from Alicante-Elche airport to Liverpool John Lennon airport is scheduled to land at 0.10 Thursday, December 12.
The EZY 7102 flight from Madrid was cancelled, as was the EZY 7202 flight from Barcelona.
The private jet overshot the runway, following arrival from Massachusetts, where Mr Gordon had been scheduled for a series of meetings at the Premier League leaders’ club.
A Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 6000 jet landed at 6am on Wednesday, December 11.
No injuries were reported following the incident that lead to Emergency Services dealing with the incident.
Flights arriving from Salzburg, where Liverpool played in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, the Isle of Man and Dublin, were diverted to Manchester, with flights from Belfast and Amsterdam also cancelled.
Mr Gordon is Fenway Sports Group’s second largest shareholder. The organisation’s business interests also include the Boston Red Sox.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which cancelled all flights after the private jet veered onto the grass, had ongoing problems throughout the day.
“A private business jet with four people on board, three crew and a passenger, landed, but then came off onto the grass, and skidded off the runway.
“Anyone travelling from the airport today (Wednesday) is advised to contact their airline for the latest information.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and can assure customers we are doing all we can to resume services as quickly as possible”, said a spokesperson from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The incident left many passengers stuck in the departure lounge, and on aircraft, waiting to depart.
A passenger waiting to board a plane said on Twitter: ‘Sat on an @easyJet flight waiting to leave @LPL-Airport but an aircraft has come off the runway and we are now stuck. Any updates, anyone? #liverpoolairport.’