Passengers wait as departure boards at Manchester Airport show many flights cancelled or delayed due to high winds caused by Storm Isha on January 21, 2024. Amber warnings for wind were in place in the UK on Sunday, as Storm Isha approached the country. Image Credit: AFP

London: Travelers flying to the UK and Ireland are being forced into lengthy diversions and even to different countries as storm Isha throws planes off course.

Passengers on Ryanair Flight FR633 had an experience that ultimately ended up being a 10-hour trip to another destination. The Copenhagen to Dublin flight, normally two hours long, diverted to Manchester before a four-hour stopover. In a second attempt to reach Dublin, it circled for three hours, before being diverted to Liverpool.

Passengers onboard Ryanair Flight 5911 to Dublin from Lanzarote in Spain diverted to Bordeaux in France, making that a six-hour trip again not to their final destination.

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The UK's meteorological agency said in a post on X that Isha was bringing heavy rain and strong winds to many parts of the country. Northeast Scotland was placed under the highest weather alert for "extremely strong" winds that could endanger lives and cause structural damage to buildings.

Storm Isha
High waves due to Storm Isha hit a structure at the coastline in Porthleven, Britain, January 21, 2024, in this image obtained from social media. Image Credit: Jo-Shreeve/via Reuters

Another Ryanair service, Flight FR2970 from Tenerife, another one of the Canary Islands in Spain, attempted to land in Edinburgh before diverting to Cologne in Germany.

Ryanair is Europe's largest discount carrier and is facing an outsized impact, not least because it operates from airports across the UK and Ireland.

A Wizz Air flight bound for London from Krakow in Poland, meanwhile, became a four-hour travail after it was diverted to Eindhoven in the Netherlands following three landing attempts at London's Gatwick airport.

Dublin Airport said in a social media post that while it remains open, Isha is posing a "significant challenge" to both departing and arriving flights. As of 9:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, airlines had canceled 148 flights with 35 diversions. The airport said it would be open Monday although high winds remain.