A passenger plane bound for Cuban resort of Varadero He resumed his flight to Cuba this Saturday after being forced to return to the Lisbon airport due to a failure in the landing gear, which did not reach the emergency category, he confirmed to CyberCuba a spokesman for the Portela international terminal in the Portuguese capital.
“The plane [airbus A-330] of World2fly took off again at 9:05 p.m. from Lisbon to Cuba,” said the official, who did not want to go into technical details about the reasons for the aircraft’s return to its airport of origin, from where it initially took off at 6 p.m. :00 hours bound for Varadero.
The landing gear was not properly attached, when it was picked up by the crew, after takeoff, explained Miguel Freitas Simões, representative of the airline in Portugal, who ruled out that it was an emergency landing and referred the press to a technical report that will be issued by the World2fly company in the coming days.
The airbus A330 made a normal landing at Lisbon’s Portela airport, without the need to declare an emergency, the World2fly executive clarified to CNN Portugal, without further details about the incident. The cause of the affectation of the flight of the recently created Spanish airline, which also flies to Cuba and other Caribbean destinations, from Madrid, was not clarified.
When an aircraft declares an emergency, it forces the airport where it intends to land to give it landing priority, reduce the number of operations on parallel runways and close the crossings with the one chosen for the return of the damaged aircraft; costs that are then passed on to the airline that owns or operates the device involved.
World2Fly started the direct flights between Lisbon and Varadero. on June 1, weekly and, in parallel to those already operating between Madrid and Havana, on Wednesdays and Sundays, reported the Cuban Airports and Airport Services Company SA (ECASA).
The airline operates under the guidelines of World2meet, which is the travel division of the Iberostar group, a Spanish company with a strong presence in Cuba, as administrator of 17 hotels, including the luxurious Grand Packard Hotel in Havana.
In addition to Cuba, World2Fly connects Madrid with Cancun, Mexico, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, as part of its vacation flight program.
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