Police escorted a group of passengers off an aircraft at Newcastle International Airport on Sunday.
The Flybe service was due to depart for Stansted at 2.25pm. Police say they were called at around 4:10pm. A group of around 15 passengers were removed from the plane for being drunk and disorderly.
Stephen Latimer, who was part of the group forced off the plane has complained about the treatment his group received.
Do not fly anywhere with @flybe this company have racially profiled our group and refused to fly us disgusting behaviour and no class
Flybe released the following statement:
“Flybe sincerely regrets the inconvenience experienced by passengers this afternoon due to the delay of the above flight. This resulted from the threatening and overly abusive behaviour exhibited towards the cabin crew immediately prior to departure, initially initiated by four members of a 13-strong stag party.
Flybe apologises unreservedly to the majority of passengers affected by the unacceptable actions of a few but the safety of its passengers and crew remains the airline’s number one priority at all times.
As such, and in line with its zero tolerance policy with any form of on-board behaviour that might in any way compromise the safe operation of any flight, the captain reported the situation to the police who took the necessary immediate action.
All 68 passengers were offloaded and those not involved in the incident have been accommodated on an alternative flight.
Flybe once again apologises most sincerely to those passengers affected.”
Councillor Doreen Huddart, from North Heaton spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees:
Fouda Haghighat, a passenger and member of the 19-strong stag party told ITV News Tyne Tees that no-one in the group was drunk.
We arrived in plenty of time for check-in and got our boarding passes without any problem. None of our party had been drinking - we'd done enough drinking at the weekend - we've got families and kids and we had to get home to spend Sunday night with our families. We weren't interested in drinking. Our cars were at the airport.
We weren't all sitting together on board, but it was a very small plane so we could all hear each other. One of the members of our group attempted to use the bathroom, before being redirected by a member of the crew to a different bathroom. Less than thirty seconds into his bathroom visit, a member of the crew insisted he leave the bathroom.
The crew member overreacted to the situation, calling Northumbria Police who removed that passenger. No voices were raised but we disembarked the plane 'because of safety reasons'.
We spent thousands of pounds getting home to North London. Six of us in a cab, four in a hire car, one got a British Airways flight and the rest of us took the train.
No trains between Airport and South Gosforth in either direction until 10 August for modernisation work. Bus replacement 900 running.
British Airways has started a ‘Kids Fly Free’ scheme from Newcastle Airport to London Heathrow.
The initiative will run until 1 November 2015 - and to qualify an adult must buy an adult flight ticket. It applies to children aged 11 and under.
Andrew Crawley, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: "We know it can be a struggle to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays and long car journeys can be difficult. So what quicker, easier or cheaper way to see a bit more of the UK, than to jump on a British Airways flight where the kids travel for free?"
Newcastle Airport is set for its busiest weekend of 2015 as the UK school summer holidays get underway.
More than 50,000 passengers are expected to pass through the terminal as holidaymakers from across the North East head for warmer climate.
Passengers planning to travel to the airport via the Tyne and Wear Metro are being warned that there is no service running between the Airport and South Gosforth due to modernisation works. A replacement bus service is in operation.
Jet2holidays have confirmed flights from Newcastle to Tunisia are cancelled up to and including Sunday July 5th.
A spokesman for the company said all customers who wished to return home from the country have now done so.
Today’s flight from Newcastle Airport to Newark Airport in New York was cancelled due to a mechanical issue on the incoming aircraft, say United Airlines.
137 passengers were due to fly on the UA159 from Newcastle at 09:15 this morning when it was cancelled, because the incoming aircraft did not arrive.
The Airline has said their customer service team at Newcastle Airport is providing assistance to customers and making arrangements for them to complete their journeys.
A United Airlines flight from Newcastle Airport to Newark Airport in New York has been cancelled this morning, June 15.
It comes less than a month after the first direct flight to New York started from Newcastle.
A second day of striking by French Air Traffic Controllers has caused numerous airlines to cancel flights across the UK.
Many passengers are experiencing delays, which are becoming increasingly common as the day progresses:
Newcastle Airport has apologise to their passengers for the disruption industrial action is causing to their journeys:
Our airline partners and operational staff including our Air Traffic Controllers are working very hard to minimise the effect of French industrial action. Passengers with concerns about their flight are advised to contact their airline directly.
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Several airlines have been forced to cancel flights today because of a second day of striking by French air traffic controllers.
Currently five flights at Newcastle Airport have been cancelled:
- AF1058 from Paris to Newcastle at 1110
- EZY6468 from Geneva to Newcastle at 1515
- AF1559 from Newcastle to Paris at 0625
- EZY6467 from Newcastle to Geneva at 1030
- AF1059 from Newcastle to Paris at 1150
The strikers from the SNCTA union are protesting against restructuring plans that, they say, threaten the air navigation service in France.
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The controllers are also due to stage another stoppage next week and yet another one at the end of this month.
- Read more: French air-traffic strikes to hit holidaymakers.
Hundreds of flights across the UK have been cancelled due to the current air strike by French air traffic controllers, in the latest stage in a long-running dispute over pension reforms.
Only one flight to Newcastle Airport has been cancelled so far:
- Air France flight 1158 from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Newcastle scheduled for 1615 has been cancelled.
The SNCTA union has called the strike for Wednesday and Thursday with the threat of further walkouts from April 16-18 and from April 29 to May 1.
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