Ryanair flyers trapped on Gothenburg plane

About 70 Ryanair passengers were barred from leaving a plane stuck at Gothenburg City Airport in Säve for several hours on Wednesday evening.

Ryanair flyers trapped on Gothenburg plane

Snow and ice on the wings prevented the plane from taking off for Sicily, Italy as scheduled at 5.40pm. Passengers waited for five hours on board without food and water.

“We are not getting any food or any water. There are babies here. It is totally crazy,” Charlotta Raffone, who was on board along with her husband and two children, told newspaper Göteborgs-Posten (GP) late on Wednesday.

The passengers requested the cabin crew get them something to eat and drink. However, the pilot refused the requests, saying that they could not sell refreshments while still on the ground. At the same time, no one was allowed to leave the plane.

According to Gothenburg City Airport airport director Göran Hall, such decisions are the responsibility of the airline.

“When the aircraft doors close, it is the airline that decides,” Hall told GP.

Attempts to de-ice the wings were unsuccessful. The passengers were finally allowed to leave the plane at 11pm.

“They had to get off because the airport closes at 11pm”, Hall told Sveriges Radio Gothenburg.

Passengers waited until Thursday, when the plane finally took off at 12.30pm.

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Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Green Party and Left Party have managed to oust the right-wing Moderates from power in Gothenburg, despite failing to strike a coalition deal with the Centre Party.

Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Left Party and Green Party will now take over the municipality with Jonas Attenius, group leader for the Social Democrats in the city, becoming the new mayor.

“We three parties are ready to together take responsibility for leading Gothenburg,” Attenius wrote to TT. “I am looking forward immensely to leading Gothenburg in the coming years.” 

The three parties will lead a minority government, with 40 out of 81 mandates, meaning it will dependent on mandates from the Centre Party to pass proposals. 

The three parties had hoped to bring the Centre Party into the coalition, but talks fell apart on Monday,  October 24th. 

“We our going into opposition, but our goal is to be an independent, liberal force, which can negotiate both to the left and to the right,” the party’s group leader in Gothenburg, Emmyly Bönfors told the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper. 

The end of talks in Gothenburg leave the Social Democrats leading coalition governments in all three of Sweden’s major cities, with Karin Wanngård appointed Mayor of Stockholm on October 17th. 

The Social Democrats had unbroken control in Malmö since 1994, after they regained power from the Moderates, who controlled the city from 1991-1994, and also from 1985-1988.