Flight full of holidaymakers suddenly turns around and returns to UK airport

A Jet2 flight was forced to return to Manchester Airport just 30 minutes into its journey to Ibiza with a flight full of holidaymakers.

The LS191 flight, that departed from the airport on Wednesday evening at around 5.45pm, was heading to the Balearic Islands and was due to land at 9pm.

But half an hour into the journey, the plane turned over the English Channel and was forced to divert back to Manchester.

The flight path shows how the plane headed back north, circling twice over the Peak District before landing back at Manchester Airport.

Reports suggested this was due to a “technical” fault.

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Other reports also suggested it was due to a “communication issue”.

But in a public tweet, Jet2 said it was “due to unforeseen operational reasons”.

Jet2 is still yet to confirm the full details surrounding the incident and has been approached for comment.

It comes just weeks after the firm saw its share price sink by more than a 10th after announcing its chairman would be stepping down after more than four decades.

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Jet2 said its revenues reached more than £5billion in the year to the end of March, up from £1.2 billion in 2022, and 40 percent higher than pre-pandemic levels.

It returned to a profit before tax of £371million after sinking to a loss of £389 million last year, which was still affected by pandemic restrictions.

The end of Covid lockdowns “unleashed an enormous surge of pent-up demand” for experiences like overseas holidays, the company said.

Package holidays – where people book flights, hotels, transfers and dining with one provider – are a “resilient and popular product, particularly during difficult economic times”, Jet2 said.

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