The “hot shock”, a meteorological phenomenon that caused strong gusts of wind and a rise in temperature, was observed with many consequences not only on the surface but on the ground, but also in the air. Aviation was not spared from the heat wave and its effects and there were some passengers who noticed how their contracted departure times did not match with their watches.
Particularly affected that day was Alicante-Elche Airport with the highest air traffic in its history, with 358 scheduled flights. Incidentally, infrastructure was so affected by a “hot blowout” that various parts of the Valencian community were marked in red at the airport in a day that also recorded the fourth highest temperature in history above 40 degrees. was.
In this sense, one in three flights to the airport in the province of Alicante suffered delays, reaching 3 hours on the journey from the United Kingdom. The average delay of flights, however, was a delay of 16 minutes compared to the estimated time, just a minor change, but it reflects the complexity of the situation.
These events coincided with a historical record day at the airport, as yesterday was the day with the highest daily traffic in its history. There were 358 flights scheduled throughout the day, six more than the flights on the same Asuncion bridge in 2019, correcting the pre-pandemic figures.
In total, the airport registered approximately 65,000 passengers throughout the day, as 358 scheduled aircraft operated at 100% capacity, each carrying an average of 180 passengers. Despite this Saturday’s record, the entire bridge, a holiday, is expected to have a high flow at the airport by Monday 15.
Alicante Airport was not the only one that saw its weather forecasts disappear due to meteorological difficulties. In Manises, time changes on information monitors also became common, although the frequency was not as frequent as in Alicante, where climate change had a greater impact.
Change from 7:00 PM
However, this did not prevent significant delays, such as a flight from Vienna, which was due to arrive at 7:00 pm and which reached around 10:00 pm, three hours later than expected. Exactly the end of the afternoon was the moment that brought the greatest delay when the westerly wind increased its strength in the area of Valencian Airport.
In fact, all flights that were supposed to land beyond 7:00 pm, a dozen in total, accumulated delays, at most about a quarter of an hour, but some, like one in Vienna or another in Milan, were somewhat longer. . The same happened with departures after 7:00 pm with widespread delays and with the Paris-Orly flight, with 70 minutes, the most affected.