Since Wednesday a total of 169 Belgian tourists are stuck at the airports of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura: the Smartlynx Airbus A320 (ES-SAK) operating for TUI fly Belgium has a technical problem.
TUI spokesman Piet Demeyere explained to Belga: “We sent a spare part to Lanzarote, and as this would take several hours, we decided to bring all the passengers to a hotel. Once the spare part arrived, we considered that it would not be sufficient to ensure a safe flight. We thus decided to send a new spare part, together with a technician.”
Meanwhile, TUI chartered a boat to bring to Fuerteventura the stranded passengers with that destination: “the boat trip only takes half an hour“. The other passengers that needed to be flown back to Brussels will stay another night in Lanzarote.
A new flight to Brussels is expected this Friday morning at 10:30.