Delays & Over-Booking

Passengers in the waiting area of Aeropuerto Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén were not impressed by the flight delays piling up yesterday.

GRA Granada Airport 400x250The flight with the longest delay was a Vueling one to Mallorca – it was nearly two hours late, according to the official webpage of AENA (the state entity that governs all Spanish airports).

There was also a delay for a Vueling flight to Barcelona that was running an hour and a quarter late.

According to the charter company Vueling, the delays were caused by ‘adverse weather conditions’ in several areas of Spain.

Another problem experienced yesterday at Granada’s Airport was that several passengers ended up without a seat on their flight owing to over booking. When oversale happens, the airline refuses some passengers to ride their purchased flight. This is called bumping.

Airlines may ask for volunteers to give up their seats or refuse boarding to certain passengers in exchange for a compensation that may include an additional free ticket and/or an upgrade in a later flight.

They can do this and still make more money than if they booked only to the plane’s capacity and had it take off with some empty seats.

(News: Granada, Andalucia)

  2 comments for “Delays & Over-Booking

  1. August 18, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Patrick: in the 80s here, we used to buy a return ticket in the UK because it was cheaper than a single, then you would sell return half for 5,000 pts (30 euros). In those days they never checked the ticket against your passport so as long as the ticket was in the name of a person of the same sex, you had no problem.

  2. Patrick Barry Storey
    August 18, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Years and years ago. You could turn up at Heathrow and ask if there were any no show or vacant seats on long haul flight. At a very large discount.
    Sadly security now is more important then a trip to see family.

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