Festive break flight delayed

03 January 2013 09:22

An easyJet flight returning to Bristol Airport after being turned back from Madeira because of bad weather. Passengers were stranded at a hotel in Bristol for 48 hours over Christmas waiting for a flight

An easyJet flight returning to Bristol Airport after being turned back from Madeira because of bad weather. Passengers were stranded at a hotel in Bristol for 48 hours over Christmas waiting for a flight

Festive fun in the sun was put on hold for some holiday makers who thought they would be sitting by the pool or on the beach in Madeira for Christmas. Their escape from the wet and cold in the UK was hampered when flights to Madeira were cancelled for 48 hours on Christmas Eve, leaving passengers stranded in a Bristol hotel for two nights.

Passengers were two hours into their flight when they were turned back to Bristol Airport because of bad weather with the plane unable to land. Instead, passengers spent Christmas at a Holiday Inn waiting to fly out on Boxing Day for their festive break. Despite the disappointment, those with travel insurance should be able to claim compensation for the delayed flight and any extra costs incurred because of the disruption.

One passenger said her children, aged nine and 10, were left bitterly disappointed that they had to spend Christmas in an airport hotel instead of playing on the beach. Easyjet apologised for the delay caused to passengers travelling to Madeira to visit family and friends, but said the bad weather prevented the pilot from landing safety.

 

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