Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd are among Premier League clubs facing air travel chaos

Manchester United and Liverpool are among several Premier League clubs whose travel plans for games are being disrupted due to problems at a domestic charter airline

Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp and his players often fly to away games
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp and his players often fly to away games

Premier League clubs face travel chaos after a major flight operator suspended operations.

The six biggest giants – below Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and the rest – have all used Jota Aviation for domestic charter flights to get to and from games.

However, Jota has suddenly ceased operations, leaving top-flight clubs in the lurch and facing huge additional costs or trying to find alternative travel options. Jota is said to have gone into administration. Clubs routinely use luxury private aircraft to get there from selected airports – often with private terminals – within England First League play with United even fly there leicester and arsenal a 20 minute flight to Norwich

Jota operated all domestic flights for the top six clubs and left the clubs furious and furious at the sudden closure without warning, as a source said: “This has created a hell of a mess. There were no warnings or communications, it’s outrageous.”

This means clubs face a battle to get alternative travel – but Brexit risks blocking those plans for domestic travel. Travel experts say you can only use UK-registered planes for domestic flights and teams will either have to use bigger planes as smaller flights won’t take players and staff, or make last-minute plans to travel with top bosses like Pep Guardiola or Antonio instead Conte placed great importance on well-organized trips and made plans weeks in advance. And that sudden development has left clubs firmly in the lurch ahead of this weekend’s games.

Woodward is still keen on the football job

Ed Woodward oversaw some reckless spending during his time at Manchester United


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Ed Woodward is determined to stay in football even after his turbulent time at Manchester United.

United’s former executive vice chairman left the club two months ago and the 50-year-old’s background in investment banking led many to believe he would return straight to the world of high finance. However, Woodward – who advised the Glazer family on their United takeover and oversaw the difficult post-Fergie era at Old Trafford – has held a series of meetings with executives, clubs and high-flyers to stay in the game.

Woodward cited his rejection of the European Super League as the reason he brought his exit forward, while one of his last acts at United was to bring the deal back Cristiano Ronaldo to OldTrafford. But overall, Woodward has often been endorsed as public enemy number one by United fans and critics alike as the club has steadily declined over the past decade. All the more surprising is his decision to stay in football in whatever role.

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