BLOOMINGTON — Two flights from Bloomington to Orlando for two different airlines were delayed Thursday due to mechanical issues, said officials at the Central Illinois Regional Airport.
The flights were delayed until new planes could be brought in.
Allegiant flight 2105 to Orlando Sanford International Airport at Sanford, Fla., was scheduled to leave at 9:17 a.m. Thursday. The replacement plane arrived at 3:49 p.m. at CIRA and left for Orlando/Sanford at 4:35 p.m.
Frontier Airlines flight 1502 from Bloomington to Orlando International Airport at Orlando was scheduled to leave at 10 a.m. Thursday and departed at 8:24 p.m.
All flights on Friday are expected to depart on time, according to the CIRA website.
“Two mechanical issues on large aircraft is unusual in one day," said airport spokeswoman Fran Strebing in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
Many passengers waited in the terminal gate area while the aircraft were inspected and evaluated for possible repairs, she said.
“As these decisions were being responsibly reviewed, the passengers of both flights were asked to stay in the gate area to determine if boarding and departures would be allowed,” she said. “Unfortunately, this unusual circumstance led to the restaurant in the secured area of the terminal to run short on some food and beverage products.”
To assist passengers, the airport helped supply beverages and the Allegiant and Frontier ground crew supplied pizza and accommodations for the temporarily stranded passengers, she added.