6 flights bound for Singapore's Changi Airport diverted due to 'airspace restrictions': CAAS
Photo uploaded by a Facebook user who said passengers of flight SQ877 were left waiting in the plane on Thursday (Nov 15). (Photo: Barry Tan/Facebook)
SINGAPORE: A total of six flights scheduled to land at Changi Airport on Thursday (Nov 15) were diverted to other airports due to poor weather conditions and airspace restrictions, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). The flights affected had been scheduled to arrive at Changi between 6pm and 7.45pm on Thursday.
@singaporeair SQ861 #A380 took off from Paya Lebar back to Changi at 2300hrs on 15Nov2018 which was earlier diverted to here at about 2000hrs. pic.twitter.com/s6dBji6qX2— Ray (@Kongleng) November 15, 2018
Social media user Newton Smith said the flight he was on, SQ977 from Bangkok, was also diverted, but to Malaysia. "15/11 SQ977 from Bangkok. A scheduled flight that couldn't get a slot to land into Changi And now diverted to JB. People's plans disrupted due to poor planning by Singapore Airlines. What? You weren't expect (sic) the plane into Changi?" he wrote. In their response to the passengers, SIA apologised and said that the flights were diverted due to "inclement weather and severe air traffic congestion". Channel NewsAsia has reached out to Changi Airport Group for comment.