High winds forcing flight diversions to Shannon

High winds forcing flight diversions to Shannon

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Update:

13.35 – A total of six flights have diverted to Shannon as a result of high winds in Cork and Dublin Airports/

EI-3721 Manchester – Cork

LH-978 Frankfurt – Dublin

FR-9429 Milan – Dublin

FR-1453 Brussels – Dublin

FR-113 Gatwick – Dublin

FR-23 Paris -Dublin

Earlier:

High winds are forcing flights into Dublin and Cork airports to divert to other airfields.

Met Éireann has issued two weather warnings as Storm Barbara sweeps across Ireland.

Winds at Dublin and Cork are already reported to be gusting to over 85 kilometres an hour.

Aircraft on approach to Dublin are being advised to expect a holding time of at least 30 minutes however some crews who had been holding for some time have already diverted to other airports.

Aer Lingus Regional flight EI-3721, also operated by Stobart Air, has diverted to Shannon.

Soon afterwards, Lufthansa flight 978 from Frankfurt to Dublin diverted to the mid west airport while two Ryanair flights, from Milan and Brussels, have also opted to land at Shannon.

Further diversions are expected in the coming hours as wind speeds rise.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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