Fewer than a third of the passengers on a flight from Sundsvall to Luleå, in Sweden, were supposed to be there. Unbeknownst to anybody onboard the flight, a group of 34 passengers had mistakenly boarded, thinking they were going to Gothenburg. They were not.
Nextjet's aircraft, a CRJ-200, was capable of carrying 50 passengers, meaning that (at best) only 16 people on board got where they thought they were going.
Because of bad weather on Sweden’s west coast, Nextjet was forced to cancel their flight from Sundsvall to Gothenburg. However, the airline only told the passengers that their flight had been delayed. So they waited around for a few hours, scanned their boarding passes at the gate, boarded what they thought was their flight and then ended up in the wrong city.
Upon landing in Luleå on Monday, the 34 passengers discovered that they were nearly 800 miles away from their intended destination. The passengers who were originally supposed to board the flight to Luleå were left behind at the airport and told their flight had been cancelled.
“I just laughed. What can you do?” passenger Roger Leirvik told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
“It appears to have been a huge miss in communications between the airport in Sundsvall and us,” Nextjet marketing director Henning Lindberg said.
The passengers stranded in Luleå were given a hotel for the night and flown to Gothenburg the following morning.