The departures board at Liverpool John Lennon Airport took on an unique air on Saturday morning, with Jordan Aviation, KlasJet of Lithuania, South African Airways, Star East of Romania and Air X of Malta, which calls itself: “Probably the most diversified airline on the planet.”

The vacation spot for all of those flights (and lots of extra, on Blue Air, Danish Air Transport, Wind Rose Airways and Ukrainian Worldwide) gave the sport away: Kiev.

They had been lined as much as fly Liverpool followers to the Champions League last within the Ukrainian capital in opposition to Actual Madrid.

However two airways had been notable by their absence: Ethiopian and SiAvia of Ljubljana. Regardless of being contracted by brokers and making all the mandatory purposes for slots, they had been refused permission to fly to Kiev. Many lots of of supporters with match tickets needed to make do with watching on tv quite than from the terraces of the Olympic Stadium.

Soccer wants flying: the trade surrounding the “stunning sport” relies on the power for gamers and followers to journey round Britain, Europe and the world.

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