Eurowings A320, EW9844 flight, Dusseldorf (Germany) - Olbia (Sardinia, Italy).
Takeoff at 6.49 am from DUS, just two Italian passengers and the crew on board. At 7.54 am, over Corsica, the pilots come to know Olbia airport is closed!
Enav (Italian National Aviation Organization) warns Geasar (Olbia airport operator) that an airplane, while a scheduled flight, wants to land at Olbia airport; at the same time Enav calls Eurowings A320 pilots telling them to "wait" off the coast of Sardinia.
For eight laps and 40 minutes, the airplane flies at 1.720 meters and 430 km/h waiting for an airport.
Someone in Italy (who?) asks Geasar and Sardinia regional government to open the airport, but no way.
Then the pilots are authorized to land at Cagliari Airport, but they decide to go back to Dusseldorf, where flight EW9844 lands at 10.27 am.
Eurowings is conducting an internal investigation, but already said that "with Covid-19 the situation of European airports is in constant evolution".
What about Italy? Phase-2 started on May 5th and Olbia International Airport should have been open: but a Notam of May 20th 5.14 pm explains that the airport is closed to commercial aviation until June 2nd 11.59 pm.
What a story!
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