Emirates Flew An A380 From Frankfurt To Manchester Yesterday

Yesterday Emirates flew an Airbus A380 from Frankfurt to Manchester. While it may seem like a really bizarre flight, Emirates operated the flight for good reason. Due to storm Ciara, a couple of the airline’s Airbus A380 flights were displaced.

Emirates, Airbus A380, Frankfurt, Manchester
Emirates operated an Airbus A380 flight from Frankfurt. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Storm Ciara wreaked havoc across the United Kingdom. In fact, according to the BBC, the storm has killed at least seven people so far across the continent. In the UK alone, gusts of wind up to 97 mph were detected. While this meant a new subsonic transatlantic speed record, it also meant that a number of flights ended up diverting from their intended destinations.

Why was the A380 in Frankfurt?

Flight EK17 is Emirates’ daily connection between Dubai and Manchester. On Sunday, the aircraft had flown all the way from Dubai to Manchester passing right over Frankfurt airport. However, after two attempts at landing in Manchester, the pilots called off the attempt altogether.

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As a result, the pilots opted to divert to another airport where weather conditions were not quite as bad. In this case, that happens to be Frankfurt airport. An airport which the aircraft had already passed a couple of hours earlier.

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Emirates, Airbus A380, Frankfurt, Manchester
The aircraft passed Frankfurt before flying back to the German airport. Image: FlightRadar24.com

Following the second attempt at landing in Manchester, the aircraft began to climb again as it headed towards Frankfurt. It finally touched down in Frankfurt at 1328 UTC, some two hours after the first landing attempt in Manchester. Thankfully, the first landing attempt in Frankfurt went without a hitch. However, this did mean that a number of passengers were stranded with the English Channel in between themselves and their intended destination.

At the time of the diversion, Emirates told Simple Flying that the aircraft would continue to Manchester the next day and that passengers would be placed in Frankfurt hotels overnight. The airline added:

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“Emirates apologizes for any inconvenience caused but the safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance”.

Frankfurt to Manchester

This is the reason that the United Arab Emirates flag carrier ended up operating a flight within Europe from Frankfurt to Manchester with the Airbus A380 yesterday. The flight initially got off to an eventful start, returning to the terminal. However, it eventually got airborne out of Frankfurt at 14:14.

Emirates, Airbus A380, Frankfurt, Manchester
The aircraft eventually flew from Frankfurt to Manchester landing some 27 hours after the first landing attempt. Image: FlightRadar24.com

Following a one hour 32 minute flight, the aircraft finally touched down in Manchester at 14:46 the day after its two unsuccessful landing attempts. As a result, the passengers on board the aircraft were delayed by around 27 hours in total. Since returning to Dubai around 14 hours ago, the aircraft, A6-EEA, has remained on the ground.

Were you onboard the diverted flights? Let us know your experiences in the comments!

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AK350

Couldn’t they divert to somewhere closer like AMS or CDG

Dave

Presumably not. AMS and CDG may well have been affected by the same weather conditions being coastal (in AMS’s case at least).

It’s not like an airline to willfully waste fuel due to the costs involved so it would appear that FRA was the only available choice.

As Emirates are not an EU carrier I’ve no idea about compensation for the delays but I should imagine it’ll have been an expensive day for Emirates.

Yves

Weather was not good in AMS, BRU or LUX. Best choice was indeed FRA.

Yep, expensive day but they got accomodation and meals right away probably. I can not believe Emirates leaves the passengers without anything clear in their hands.

Not only Emirates. Many airlines cancelled many if not all flight to BRU, LUX and AMS.

Indu George

My daughter was on board this flight and upon landing in Frankfurt she was offered a sleeping bag instead of a hotel room . So we had to fly her back to Dubai , we had to buy a business class ticket so that she could rest in the lounge. It was quite an ordeal for a student travelling alone

Yascha

Why didnt you just buy a hotel room for her it save alot of money. And as I travel alot for work I have had problems like this and being up Front gets you what you want

Allan

I have never heard something more supid than this!!! You have at least 100 hotels in or around Frankfurt, some dozen of them directly on or around the airport… And you fly your daughter back to Dubai for just putting her on the next fly back to Europe… Somehow I feel sorry for your daughter…

Patrickk

Planes are diverted for weather everyday and passengers put up in hotels. It is not clear why this diversion is so newsworthy.

Colin Smith

I thought this was the a380 that was on YouTube shown trying to land twice at Heathrow before being diverted to Frankfurt. Were two emerates a380s diverted…I don’t think so

Chrs

The other A380 landed at Zurich airport

Swapnil Tabse

Everh Flight in Aviation is planned for diversion. As per me there might be planning issue. As per forecast wx winds might be strong or gusty or which approch he might be carring out. Pilot in the cockpit are well trained and would have analyse the situation which may not be in his control.He is the supreme authority.As per company policy EY might have planned Frankfrut as planned alternate anc may be having excellent ground support then AMS or CDG. Also due many diversions to AMS or CDG pilot and company would have decided Frankfrut as better alternate. As long… Read more »

Sarah

All passengers on board should just thank God for the safety the pilot made. It was a disturbing moment with the horrible weather which would have ended up in a plane crash. So they should not think of compensation as it was not the airlines problem. Airline had to meet bill for hotels on top of the unplanned fuel extras. Even though we all want money but in this case, its a big noooooo.

Allan

There is no compesation due to the fact that the weather conditions have nothing to do with the airline itself. The name for it is “Act of God”. So: Emirates payed the accomodation but there will be no compenstion to the passengers.

Sarah Stephanie

All passengers on board should just thank God for the safety the pilot made. It was a disturbing moment with the horrible weather which would have ended up in a plane crash. So they should not think of compensation as it was not the airlines problem. Airline had to meet bill for hotels on top of the unplanned fuel extras. Even though we all want money but in this case, its a big noooooo.

Sarah Stephanie

All passengers on board should just thank God for the safety the pilot made. It was a disturbing moment with the horrible weather which would have ended up in a plane crash. So they should not think of compensation as it was not the airlines problem. Airline had to meet bill for hotels on top of the unplanned fuel extras. Even though we all want money but in this case, its a big noo .

Tom

Ek15 to lgw did the same thing landing at Zurich then continued to lgw the next day after two failed attempts with a hour between the attempts.

James

Due to capacity in Amsterdam and CDG they were not able to fly there as message from ATC was they were full