Stranded

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), May 1, 2007 | Go to article overview

Stranded


Byline: Andy Passant

Tired holidaymakers claim they were left "stranded" after an incoming flight had to divert from Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Passengers ended up at Newcastle Airport after the plane from Malaga was unable to land at Teesside due to fog.

Norma Sutcliffe from Middlesbrough said they had been promised there would be coaches waiting for them at Newcastle to take them back to Teesside. But she said when weary travellers arrived there in the early hours they discovered there were no coaches outside the terminal.

But airline flyglobespan says further coach transport was on the way.

Norma said the flight had been full of Easter holidaymakers, including families with young children.

She said: "We left the terminal building with our baggage. There were no coaches, nothing. There was nobody to see. We were just left stranded."

Norma, 50, who lives in Marton and works as a lecturer at the University of Teesside, said her husband Jim managed to track down an airport official.

She said they were told only one coach had been secured.

The Sutcliffes had been for a week-long Easter break in Malaga with friends Martin and Gillian Cain, who live in Nunthorpe. …

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