On Sunday night (11 December), Ryanair flight FR9734 operated by Malta Air Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 registered 9H-VVA took off from Amman, Jordan, one and a half hours late with destination Paris-Beauvais, France. The aircraft soon diverted to Paphos, Cyprus, for a medical emergency. It took off again one hour and a quarter later. However, it could no longer land at Beauvais, since night landings are prohibited at this airport, hence it diverted to Liège, Belgium, which remains open 24 hours.
Arrived on Liège soil shortly after 01:00 on Monday, the passengers were left to fend for themselves. Ryanair announced to them that they had to go to their final destination by their own means, a situation that angered many passengers.
Later on Monday, after the compulsory rest of the crew, the plane was ferried to Marseille as flight RYR456.
It should be noted that a compensation of 600 euros per passenger will be granted by the airline.
Ryanair provided Aviation24.be with the following statement:
“This flight from Amman to Beauvais (11 Dec) diverted to Paphos due to a medical emergency onboard. The flight then continued to Beauvais but was unable to land due to the airport’s strict curfew and was forced to divert to Liège instead.
To minimise disruption to passengers, Ryanair tried to arrange alternative transport to Beauvais, however, due to limited availability of transport on the night, passengers were advised to book their own overnight accommodation / transport to Beauvais and claim back their expenses on Ryanair.com.
Ryanair sincerely apologises to passengers for any inconvenience caused as a result of this medical emergency.”