German traveller flies to wrong continent

2nd January 2007, Comments 0 comments

2 January 2006, Berlin (DPA) - A German insurance salesman trainee who wanted to visit his girlfriend in Australia ended up in small-town America after buying a ticket on the Internet for Sidney in the American state of Montana.

2 January 2006

Berlin (DPA) - A German insurance salesman trainee who wanted to visit his girlfriend in Australia ended up in small-town America after buying a ticket on the Internet for Sidney in the American state of Montana.

The 21-year-old Tobias Gutt's detour was the result of a spelling mistake as he had failed to notice that the Australian harbour city is in fact called Sydney, Bild newspaper reported.

The mix-up with 'y' and 'i' meant a difference of two continents, 13,000 kilometres and around 30 degrees Celsius in temperature between his intended destination and where he actually touched down.

His booking confirmation indicated his destination as "Sidney, US" but even this did not deter Gutt.

"I thought you could fly to Australia via America," he told Bild.

Gutt finally realised that something was wrong after flying over the snow-capped mountains of Montana and being told to change to a small aircraft in Billings to fly on to Sidney, a town with a population of some 4,800.

His friends and family back home in Treuenbrietzen in the east German state of Brandenburg raised 600 euros (790 dollars) for a new ticket which took him through Denver to Los Angeles and on to Sydney at last, five days later than planned.

Gutt is staying with his girlfriend Laura until mid-January before tackling a return flight.

"I will be booking on the Internet again, but I have not worked out the route yet," he said.

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Subject: German news

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