It is with regret that Cliftonville Football Club announces that we have been unsuccessful in our attempt to acquire an aircraft large enough to accommodate supporters for the Europa League fixture with Haugesund in Norway next Thursday, July 18.
The Club had hoped to offer up seats – either on our charter flight or in an additional aircraft – to fans for the second leg of our First Qualifying Round fixture but, having assessed, explored and exhausted numerous avenues open to us, we have found that we are not able to do so.
“Unfortunately, in the time frame required, we have been unable to provide any reasonable option for supporters to travel to the game at Haugesund Stadion next week,” explained Chairman Gerard Lawlor.
“We have tried to increase the size of the team charter or look at another aircraft entirely but, sadly, both of these options are prohibitive in terms of both cost and availability. We worked with four different aircraft brokers, but to no avail.
“The Club have been able to accommodate a small number of supporters on the team flight, with those spaces having been allocated on a first come, first served basis, but I felt it was important to communicate these latest developments with our entire fanbase so that those who were planning their own travel arrangements were informed of the situation as early as possible.”