Thursday, 24 May 2018

1,000 Liverpool fans have Champions League final flights cancelled

About 1,000 fans heading to watch Liverpool play in the Champions League final in the next two days have had their flights cancelled.
Three planeloads of the fans were due to fly to the Ukrainian capital, where the match is being staged on Saturday night, but Kiev airport says it does not have enough landing slots.
Liverpool say the problem arose as a result of a dispute between the travel company and the aviation authorities in Kiev over the size of the aircraft.

Liverpool's army of fans are already creating an atmosphere in Kiev as the clubs bids for a sixth European Cup

World Choice Sports, which organised the trips, said on its website: "With deep regret, we have had to cancel three flights to Kiev.

"Due to so many flights going into Kiev, Kiev Borispyl has [been] unable to allocate times for aircraft.

"We have worked extremely hard over the last 48 hours trying to resolve these issues. We have had Liverpool Football Club, police, UEFA and everyone at the highest levels of authority trying to resolve this.

"We have exhausted all avenues to try and get landing slots. We have had them from Liverpool airport and Manchester Airport and we have applied for slots in the correct manner and timeframe with the authorities. To reiterate, this problem IS with Kiev."

The firm said the return flights affected were: out 25 May ET8700 and back 27 May ET8701; out 26 May ET8704 and back 27 May ET8705; and out 26 May ET8706 and back 27 May ET8707.

The statement added: "At this stage we can only make a huge apology and are very sorry [to have] let you down on this occasion. We will be processing full refunds of monies paid as soon as possible, starting tomorrow."

Liverpool said they were continuing to try to resolve the problem.

A club statement said: "Liverpool Football Club is continuing to work with all of the relevant stakeholders in the UK and Ukraine in an attempt to resolve a situation which has left around 1,000 fans without flights to Kiev for the Champions League final.

"Flights chartered by World Choice Sports had been set to take supporters to Ukraine, but a dispute between the Widnes-based travel company and the aviation authorities in Kiev over the size of the aircraft has led to the trips being cancelled.

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