Smart Aviation rescue Ulster Rugby team from scheduled flight debacle
Due to the adverse weather conditions experienced in Europe at the weekend, Ulster’s game against Stade Francais proved a challenging prospect for the Irish, before a whistle had even been blown. Originally planned for Saturday afternoon in Brussels, the ERC decided to move the fixture to avoid disruption from the weather.
Ulster were busy preparing for the game on Saturday morning when they received news from the ERC that the game would need to be postponed and moved. The locations put forward were Toulouse, Montpellier or Cardiff.
Unfortunately for Ulster, the team were booked onto a scheduled flight due to depart on Saturday evening, which had to be cancelled owing to the revised fixture. They contacted Smart Aviation with a last minute request – to help them return home after the game, now on Sunday, and from any of the three proposed cities. Within a matter of minutes, Mark Hawkins had three separate options to transport the team from the prospective locations, covering every possible outcome. The ERC finally moved the match to Paris – a short train journey meant Ulster were able to play the game, after which Smart contracted a Blueline aircraft to bring the team home to Belfast.
Once again the Smart 24 hour service proved the Smart solution.