An air traffic meltdown has caused 500 flights to be cancelled, leaving stranded families to sleep on trolleys or on the airport floor.
Thousands of holidaymakers suffered bank holiday travel delays yesterday after flights to and from the UK were grounded due to “technical problems”.
Despite the issue being said to have been fixed by yesterday afternoon, the chain of disruptions has had a major impact on tourists.
Passengers destined for Newcastle were spotted lying on the floor of Palma airport all night, their plane already being severely delayed due to bad weather.
Some vacationers also slept in trolleys, and some passengers used towels to create a tent-like canopy between the railings.
Airlines and airports have warned that flight disruptions are likely to continue today, with Britons stranded abroad and sleeping in British terminals.
Dozens more cancellations were announced Tuesday morning as airlines struggle to recover from a four-hour outage.
Helen Clayton said she was stuck in Mallorca after booking a three-day vacation over the holidays.
She said she managed to rebook her flight but couldn’t book until the following Sunday because she was so nervous seeing “fists fly” at the airport.
“I’m staying in a hotel tonight and I don’t know what will happen after that,” Helen told Sky News. said.
“Thousands of people were just like me, fists were thrown in Parma, security guards intervened, things were very heated.”
Displaced tourists also took to social media to ask airlines for help.
Travelers took to Twitter claiming they were forced to sleep at the airport after the chaos.
One of the passengers, named Liam, was traveling with his 9-year-old daughter, and criticized Jet2’s handling of the situation as ridiculous.
“We were stuck in Terminal 2 at Antalya airport for over two hours, not knowing what was going on,” he told The Sun exclusively.
“All we got was a complimentary bottle of water.”
Liam and his family were then transferred to a hotel two hours away and checked into their room at 4am, exhausted.
However, the bus to the airport was scheduled to pick us up at 11:30am, but it was postponed again to 3:30pm.
“The way Jet2 handled this whole situation is ridiculous,” Liam said.
“We asked the person in charge if he would be able to fly home tonight, and his answer was ‘90% sure.
“What an absolute farce.”
A woman at Heathrow was in tears after waiting more than 20 hours for her flight back to the United States.
Sky News reported that 300 Ryanair passengers were also stranded on Gran Canaria due to a technical fault.
Abandoned travelers were reportedly told that the next direct flight was at least a week away, but that there was a “zero” chance of an emergency flight.
Marco McCool said the children slept on hard floors and used their suitcases as pillows while cockroaches crawled nearby.
“I don’t think they can’t make another flight,” he said.
“We are stuck with no choice. We are students and we don’t have enough money to book another flight.
“We were literally left to fend for ourselves.”
Britain’s largest low-cost carrier EasyJet has grounded more than 80 flights today, while British Airways has also grounded more than 60 flights.
London’s Heathrow Airport has asked passengers traveling today to contact their airline before arriving at the airport.
At least 32 departures and 31 arrivals from Heathrow were canceled on Tuesday as the disruption caused by air traffic control malfunctions continued.
And at least 23 departures and 51 arrivals were canceled at Gatwick today.
London Luton Airport also said flights crossing British airspace could continue to be delayed or cancelled.
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Pensioner Ken Blanks, 71, had to turn down a £50 a night hotel offer for his wife and his wife until their next flight in less than two weeks because they couldn’t afford it. said.
Other young families are also stranded at Gran Canaria’s airport with children who cannot afford to stay.
Ken, who lives in Bristol, blamed EasyJet for not providing them with accommodation and communicating with them.
he said: “It’s absolutely disgusting.”
Ken also has heart problems and is terrified that his medication won’t last for the next 12 days.
He told The Sun newspaper: They don’t care about us at all.
“My next flight is in 12 days, so I’m stuck here.
“The airport offered some families a children’s hotel, but they had to take a taxi to and from the airport.
“No one has the money for that. We can’t afford a hotel. And there’s no one here to tell us anything.”
Matthew Page, meanwhile, said easyJet put them in a hotel in Tunisia for the night but told them to fend for themselves until the flight was free, which could be next week. said to be sexual.
he said: “EasyJet didn’t help at all. They let us stay overnight, but after that we have to fend for ourselves.
“We have three children and it looks like the next flight back home will be over a week later.”
Lyudmila Hristova, 57, said her plans with her husband to attend her niece’s wedding in Bulgaria were “ruined” after BA canceled her 2pm flight from Heathrow to Sofia. .
A German couple also considered taking the train home after their flight from London to Stuttgart was cancelled.
Milia Mebold, 36, also said she had “no idea at all” when British Airways asked her and her husband about the situation and the flight.
Former Welsh sprinter Iwan Thomas told ITV News he was stranded in Amsterdam and described the situation as a “nightmare”.
He claims he was told by the airline he had booked with that the flight “needed to be rebooked” and that the next available flight to the UK was Wednesday.
Television host Gabby Logan was also caught up in trouble at Heathrow Airport.
It comes after reports that a French airline’s blunder may have caused British air traffic control chaos.
Officials suggested the problem could be the result of a plan incorrectly submitted by the French airline, but Nat declined to comment.
Officials know what caused the problem, but they don’t know how it disabled the system, The Times reports.
The Secretary of Transportation said airlines will take more responsibility to make sure people get home.
Mark Harper told GB News: “First of all, I would like to repeat what the National Air Traffic Administration said yesterday.
“The system was fixed yesterday afternoon and it’s starting to return to normal, but it’s clear to people that some disruption will continue today, and I know thousands of people are affected. Masu.
“We hope that airlines will take even greater responsibility to ensure that people return home, put them on alternative flights and cater for food and accommodation in between.”