Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Families Stranded in Malaga as Flight Cancelled

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Families Stranded in Malaga as Flight Cancelled

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Byline: Naomi Paylor

Scores of frantic families were left stranded in Spain in a holiday flight fiasco.

About 140 people were unable to return to Teesside International Airport from Malaga after their bmibaby flight was cancelled.

No other planes were chartered for the distressed passengers.

It is feared some families - which include pensioners and young children - could still be stranded in the Spanish resort.

Steve and Helen Tulloch, of Wynyard, and Linda and Tim Mahoney, from Hartlepool, were among those originally stuck at the airport in Malaga on Sunday.

The furious couples were forced to pay for taxis from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos, hotel charges and flights home.

Mr Tulloch and his wife were fortunate to secure two of only three seats on a scheduled flight on Monday, but Mr and Mrs Mahoney were unable to leave until Tuesday afternoon.

The passengers were ready to leave when they were told the aircraft was grounded.

"We were given a compensation form and told to go to a hotel in Torremolinos," said Mr Tulloch.

"People were frantically trying to ring relatives to borrow money to pay for all this."

The drama did not end there, he said.

"The compensation form had an incorrect contact number. I managed to get through from the hotel at 8am the next morning, but was told there were only three seats on the morning flight.

"Apparently the next flights were on Thursday and Saturday, but they were nearly full too, so there are probably still people stuck in Malaga," he said.

"In all, it cost us 714 Euros, about pounds 500, and we had to fly to Leeds Bradford and arrange for someone to pick us up.

"Many people had just finished their holidays and most wouldn't have two pennies to rub together."

Mr and Mrs Mahoney also used the hotel in Torremolinos after the cancellation. …

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