Hundreds of holidaymakers to Spain left stranded
24 August 2004, LONDON – Hundreds of angry holidaymakers heading to Spain were among nearly 7,500 air travellers left stranded at London Heathrow Airport Tuesday after dozens of cancellations and delays in British Airways flights.
24 August 2004
LONDON – Hundreds of angry holidaymakers heading to Spain were among nearly 7,500 air travellers left stranded at London Heathrow Airport Tuesday after dozens of cancellations and delays in British Airways flights.
Almost a hundred passengers spent Monday night in London after BA flights to Spanish destinations were cancelled without warning.
BA has denied that they are being hit by wildcat strikes after industrial action had been threatened for next weekend.
BA workers abandoned plans to strike after last-minute talks with the company.
But another BA spokesman said that flights had been delayed due to the scarcity of workers.
He said the delays would continue throughout Tuesday and could not rule out more delays.
The BA spokesman said: "We cannot discount more cancellations. All will depend on how our operations proceed. Passengers should consult our web page."
The airline said the problems started late Monday afternoon at Heathrow, the biggest airport in Europe, after three U.S.-bound flights had to be cancelled due to "technical problems".
At least 22 European flights were cancelled, affecting 5,000 passengers.
Another 21 BA flights were cancelled Tuesday, leaving another 2,500 passengers stranded at Heathrow.
Hundreds of angry passengers hoping to reach Madrid, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Zurich, Stuttgart, Nice, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Helsinki and Stockholm were forced to wait for other other flights.
In the busiest week of the year, with holidaymakers trying to get away for the end of the summer break, BA was desperately trying to find other flights for scores of passengers left stranged at Heathrow.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news