Stranded Thomas Cook passengers dropped off at wrong airports as many face 24-hour journey hell

Stranded Thomas Cook passengers dropped off at wrong airports as many face 24-hour journey hell

- in Usa News

STRANDED Thomas Cook holidaymakers say they’re being dropped off at the wrong airports as many face hellish 24-hour journeys home.

Around 135,000 Brits are waiting to be rescued from 53 destinations after the travel firm went bust.


Thomas Cook passengers queue at Enfidha Airport in Tunisia as Britain’s biggest repatriation effort since World War 2 continues[/caption]

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Tourists board a Thomas Cook plane at the airport of Heraclion, Crete island[/caption]

The Cival Aviation Authority (CAA) said 16,800 are expected to brought back on 74 flights today as Britain’s biggest repatriation mission since World War 2 is ramped-up.

But many exhausted travellers have endured nightmare journeys after being placed on flights to airports up to 150 miles away from their homes.


Others are yet to make it home after travelling for several hours.

Many took to social media to report their chaotic journeys.

Daniel Bennett was arrived in Manchester this morning after flying back from Majorca.

He tweeted: “After leaving my hotel 24 hours ago in Majorca to arriving in Manchester. No suitcase now in taxi back to Newcastle to collect car.”

Thomas Cook passengers queue in front of check-in desks on the second day of repatriations at Reus airport, next to Tarragona, Spain

Passenger Ben Watson wrote: “I’ve been travelling from Tenerife for 14 hours and I’m still not home yet.”

Meanwhile, stranded passengers were last night forced to bed down on airport floors as massive queues formed.

At Enfidha Airport in Tunisia, a queue of weary passengers snaked out of the terminal building.

And two Scottish friends said they feared they’ll be left sleeping on the streets of Turkey following the tour company’s collapse.

Sarah Hanlon, 26 and Ruth Menzie, 25 are staying at the Alaiye Resort and Spa in Alayna after flying out from Glasgow on Saturday.

This passenger sleeps on the floor while waiting for answers at the airport in Palma de Mallorca in Majorca island
A Thomas Cook passenger sleeps on the floor while waiting for answers in Majorca
An exhausted passenger rests his head on the check-in desk at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Majorca
An exhausted passenger rests his head on the check-in desk at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Majorca
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Passengers left stranded at Punta Cana's international airport, in the Dominican Republic get comfortable on the cots they will sleeping on overnight
Passengers left stranded in the Dominican Republic try to get some sleep in the airport
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Sarah told the Scottish Sun Online: “We came here for a nice break, as it’s been a busy time back home and this has happened.

“It’s going to cost us about 150 euro to get back to the airport here in Turkey because we are all inclusive with transfers included, but our transport has been cancelled too.

“Plus, we’re not guaranteed to be flown back to Glasgow – or even Scotland.

“We’ve been told it could be Manchester or Birmingham, so that means we’ll have to pay to get back to Scotland.

“It really isn’t ideal, but I suppose you can’t think like that and need to feel sorry for all the staff left with no job.”

A fleet of 45 aircraft has been charted to lead the repatriation mission using jets as far away as Malaysia.

It is expected to last two weeks and the rescue mission – from 53 destinations in 18 countries – will cost £100 million.

Thousands of exhausted Brits returned to the UK yesterday after 10-hour delays on the first repatriation flights yesterday.

The first rescue flight landed in Gatwick from Split, Croatia, shortly before midday.

The 178-year-old British travel firm had until 11.59pm on Monday to pay the £200m it owed its creditors or else they’d go under.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the liquidation of Thomas Cook as a “very difficult situation” and vowed his Government would do its “level best” to get Brit holidaymakers home.

Mr Johnson yesterday questioned whether directors should pay themselves “large sums of money” as their businesses go “down the tubes”.

Speaking to reporters in New York, he said: “How can we make sure that tour operators take proper precautions with their business models where you don’t end up with a situation where the taxpayer, the state, is having to step in and bring people home?

“I have questions for one about whether it’s right that the directors, or whoever, the board, should pay themselves large sums when businesses can go down the tubes like that.”

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