Why a nonstop flight from Salt Lake City to Europe stopped
SALT LAKE CITY – Dale Blair and his wife’s route was supposed to be Salt Lake City in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Kaysville couple had a connecting flight to Copenhagen before flying to Bergen, Norway. This is where they took their European river cruise. But something happened in that first leg from Salt Lake City.
The plane stopped – in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It wasn’t for the usual reasons – a mechanical problem or a sick passenger.
Blair says he and his fellow travelers were told the plane needed to refuel.
“We all got to Bergen,” Blair said Tuesday of himself and other Salt Lake City passengers on the cruise. “None of us with luggage.”
The Eurowings Discover flight between Salt Lake City and Frankfurt caused a stir. Politicians and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Apostle Dieter F. Uchtdorf, himself a former pilot for Eurowings Discover parent company Lufthansa, witnessed the maiden landing at the Salt Lake City International Airport in May. The route only gave Salt Lake City its fourth European destination.
Then, on June 18, the Airbus A330-300 diverted to Halifax for the first time, according to aircraft tracking website Flight Radar 24. It stopped there again all three times the route has been traveled last week.
Eurowings Discover again flew the Salt Lake City-Frankfurt leg non-stop on Monday.
However, on Wednesday afternoon tracking websites showed that today’s flight to Frankfurt was being diverted again, this time to Toronto.
“Halifax fuel stop becomes necessary in certain weather conditions (both high heat and wind),” a spokesperson for Eurowings Discover wrote when FOX 13 News emailed to inquire about the detours.
“Our pilots assess weather conditions before each flight to decide whether or not a fuel stop in Halifax is necessary,” the spokesperson also wrote. “Weather-related fuel shutdown is still an exception.”
The spokesperson added that the airline tried to delay the afternoon departure from Salt Lake City, but acknowledged that this meant a later arrival in Frankfurt.
Bill McGee, a licensed air dispatcher who advocates for aviators with the American Economic Liberties Project, said Eurowings Discover shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Salt Lake City is getting hot in July and the airline is capable to take this into account in its weight and its fuel. equations.
“The most of [the airlines] don’t want to hit passengers or not [make] more money to transport goods,” said McGee. He said if enough air travelers complain to the US Department of Transportation, it could take action.
“They have the power,” McGee said, “to step in and say, ‘Well, you announce a theft, but you don’t exploit it the way you do.
Blair says his luggage arrived on the boat 3 and a half days after he and his wife.
“I will never fly with Lufthansa or Eurowings,” he said.