Chaos as 500 fans stranded at airport before final

16th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 May 2007, BARCELONA - Over 500 fans of Espanyol who were travelling to Glasgow to see their team play in the Uefa Cup final on Wedneday were stranded at Barcelona airport after a mix-up over flights.

16 May 2007

BARCELONA - Over 500 fans of Espanyol who were travelling to Glasgow to see their team play in the Uefa Cup final on Wedneday were stranded at Barcelona airport after a mix-up over flights.

Two flights were cancelled leaving hundreds stranded at the airport hours before the game.

Pasqual Olmedo, of the Espanyol supporters federation, said two flights, one of 517 passengers and the other of 125 were cancelled.

Sources at Aena, the state-run company which controls Spain's airports, said neither flight was planned.

Supporters bought their flights through Travel Gallery agency which rented the planes from the airline Excel Airways.

The airline cancelled the flights without explication.

Olmedo said neither the airline nor a broker who acted for the company could be located.

He said he was doing everything possible with the club and Aena to get the fans to the final.

There were rowdy scenes at the airport as the fans protested at the cancelled flights.

The club, which faces the other Spanish club Sevilla, said it will pay for the flights.

Around 30,000 Spanish fans have arrived in Glasgow for the match.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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