The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has provided the club’s supporters with a much more positive update regarding travel to Kiev following Thursday’s nightmare news.
A thousand Liverpool supporters were facing Champions League final heartbreak on Thursday after it was announced that three flights to Kiev were cancelled at the last minute.
The flights, two from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport and another from Manchester, were set to take fans to Ukraine for Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated showdown with Real Madrid.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has given a positive update to Liverpool supporters
The mayor is hopeful of getting ‘two, possibly three flights’ arriving in Kiev on Saturday
However, on Friday afternoon, the mayor of Liverpool claimed he was hopeful that ‘two, possibly three’ flights would go out of John Lennon Airport on Saturday morning, getting fans to Kiev in the early hours of the evening.
Anderson revealed to stranded Liverpool fans on Twitter: ‘Just an update quickly for you. We are not out the woods here but we’ve got a carrier that is talking to us and hopefully with conversations we are having with John Lennon airport, we might be able to have some flights available tomorrow that will get in tomorrow early evening.
‘We have had conversations again with the mayor (Vitali Klitschko) as I have explained before and the director of the airport there. The mayor has assured me that he will get transport to take people to the ground, it is about 40 minutes away from the ground.
‘So we will have some updates a little bit later but hopefully we can get two, possibly three flights coming into John Lennon airport tomorrow, picking people up, taking them to Kiev. You’ll get to the match and then return on Sunday.
‘That’s what I’m hoping. I can’t promise or confirm that 100% but that’s hopefully what we will end up with as the outcome all going well, so we will keep you in touch.’
Three flights were cancelled because Boryspil Airport in Kiev could not handle the aircraft
To break the nightmare news to Liverpool fans, travel company World Choice Sports sent text messages to customers, some of whom had paid as much as £850 for a day return to Kiev, informing them they would not be able to fly.
The flights scheduled to depart on Saturday were cancelled because Boryspil Airport in Kiev could not handle the aircraft.
Plenty of Liverpool fans are doing everything they can to make the arduous journey to Kiev for what will be a moment to cherish.
The Reds haven’t been in a Champions League final since 2007, where they were defeated 2-1 by AC Milan in Athens.
They will be desperate to triumph in Kiev against a Madrid side chasing for a third consecutive Champions League title.
Liverpool fans are gearing up for their first Champions League final since 2007