J’cans travelling from London forced to sleep in Nassau airport after flight develops technical issues

Several Jamaicans heading home from the United Kingdom, and other individuals heading to Caribbean islands for visits, are now stuck in Nassau, Bahamas after the aircraft they were travelling in developed problems.

The passengers left London’s Heathrow airport at 11:15 am on Monday on a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 jet and were scheduled to stop in the Bahamas before travelling to Montego Bay, St James.

However, when they landed in the Bahamas they were told that because of issues with the aircraft, there would be a delay before they would head to Montego Bay.

“We spent nine hours sitting on that flight because they said the aircraft had some issues. After nine hours they told us they didn’t have anywhere to put us and we would have to stay in the airport, and that is where we have been since then,” one passenger told OBSERVER ONLINE.

“We have been told that the plane was sorted out last night but we were told that the crew could not fly immediately after so many hours and we will have to stay here until 4:00 pm before they can take us to Montego Bay,” added the obviously frustrated passenger, who is travelling with his wife.

The flight is now scheduled to leave Nassau at 4:40 pm and arrive in Montego Bay at 5:15 pm.

Efforts to get a comment from Virgin Atlantic have so far been unsuccessful.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at https://bit.ly/epaper-login


  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

Which long-term investment option is more attractive to you at the moment?