EasyJet passengers delayed in Greece bussed 235 miles to ANOTHER COUNTRY to catch diverted Manchester flight
Passengers delayed in Greece were bussed 235 miles to catch a plane in ANOTHER COUNTRY amid a 27-hour wait for their flight back to Manchester .
Leon Tsorbatzoglou 37, a music teacher, was among passengers taken by easyJet from Kavala in Greece to Skopje in Macedonia.
Bad weather led to the flight being diverted on its way to Greece to pick passengers up.
So travellers faced an epic saga which included a six-hour wait for a hotel room, four coach journeys lasting over nine hours, and a long and painful border crossing.
Leon said: âApart from the delay and a terrible experience with easyJet finding us a hotel, why did we have to fly from another country? I checked and flights did take off from Greece the next day. I was disgusted at having to cross the border, we were not treated like humans.
âI donât want to be too dramatic - I know there are a lot of worse things in the world - but a three-and-a-half hour flight ended up being a 27-hour adventure.
âI know itâs a bargain flight but it was a bit of snow and they treated it like it was a catastrophe.â
Leon, who paid Â£114 for his ticket, had been due to fly out of Kavala at 11.30am last Monday. But the flight was delayed for at least two hours then cancelled.
It took an hour for passengers to retrieve their luggage to be loaded on to a coach and taken to a nearby hotel. On arrival, they were told to unload and stand in the snow with their luggage while staff tried to figure out how many rooms were needed.
An hour later, Leon was still in a queue for a room, at which point he and a number of other travellers were asked to share.
Refusing to bunk up wit h strangers, they were corralled back on a bus before travelling 25km to a hotel near the city of Drama.
Leon said they crossed snowy mountains on the way, picking up easyJet passengers from other cancelled flights who had been taken to hotels with no room.
The convoy finally arrived at a hotel with space and were given a 5.30am wake-up call to fly from Skopje in Macedonia - an eight-hour drive including border delays.
Leon, who is married to accupuncturist Lucy, added: âThe next day the bus stopped and I thought we were having a break but we all had to switch buses, then we got to the border and we all had to write our names on a list and it took three hours to get through.â
Leon said they boarded at 3pm on Tuesday, when they were offered âfree snacks under Â£4.50â.
An easyJet spokesman said: â easyJet can confirm that flight EZY1844 from Kavala to Manchester on February 27 was delayed overnight because the inbound flight was unable to land in Kavala due to snow. As a result the Captain had to take the decision to divert to Skopje, the closest operating airport to Kavala. Several other airports in the region were also closed due to snow.
âPassengers were transferred by coach and provided with meals and hotel accommodation near Skopje airport, then departed from Skopje to Manchester.
âThe safety of our passengers and crew is easyJetâs highest priority. Whilst this situation was outside of our control we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of the weather.â
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