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Brits stranded in Romania after Wizz Air cancels flight

Bob Jamieson (pictured), 70, has had to seek emergency medication after he ran out of insulin when his flight from Romania to Glasgow was cancelled

Hundreds of British holidaymakers have been left stranded in Romania after their plane home was cancelled and their airline were unable to offer any alternative flights for a week.

Dozens of Glasgow-bound passengers have been left with no option other than wait for the next available Wizz Air flight from Bucharest next Monday.

The plane was due to depart on Monday August 28 but was forced to undergo ‘unscheduled technical maintenance’.

It is understood other passengers have managed to fly home on rival airlines.

One of those affected, company director Bob Jamieson, 70, from Peebles in the Borders, is now staying in a hotel near the airport.

Mr Jamieson has had to seek emergency medication after running out of insulin to treat his diabetes. 

The abrupt cancellation in the Romanian Capital meant a scheduled Glasgow to Bucharest flight on Monday night also had to be scrapped.

Mr Jamieson, who had been visiting Romania to attend a wedding, described the situation as ‘crazy’.

He said: ‘The whole situation was crazy. We expected it at 10pm but no plane arrived.

‘By 11pm people started getting very angry. There were 200 people and it was just pandemonium.

The Wizz Airline flight (stock picture) was forced to undergo 'unscheduled technical maintenance'

The Wizz Airline flight (stock picture) was forced to undergo ‘unscheduled technical maintenance’

‘We were asked to check out of the airport as if just arriving and then check back in again, including travelling through security.

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‘It meant we had to take our bags back to the other end of the airport, through arrivals, through baggage check, everything as if we were booking for a new flight.

‘By now it was 1am and children were crying. It was just crazy.

‘And then a notice came up on the screen saying cancelled.

‘We were wondering what on earth was going on. We were then diverted back to the Wizz Air desk, 200 people in a queue and given a boarding pass for the next flight to Glasgow. Which was next Monday – a week away.’

Passengers were told they could stay at a hotel, but Mr Jamieson said there was a dispute over who would pay for the accommodation before the airline eventually agreed to cover costs.

Holidaymakers were left stranded at Bucharest Airport (pictured) after the Glasgow-bound flight was cancelled and told there would not be another one for a week

Holidaymakers were left stranded at Bucharest Airport (pictured) after the Glasgow-bound flight was cancelled and told there would not be another one for a week

He added: ‘I think there is maybe 30 or 40 people at the hotel.

‘Others will book a new flight to London and get a connection at their own cost.’

‘The problem was that when I came to the wedding last week, all the medication I have lasted me until yesterday.

‘I am a diabetic and I take insulin injections and my insulin ran out last night.

‘I phoned my doctor and the hotel organised a pharmacy in Bucharest to deliver medication for me.

‘It was an emergency and I have been cold and shivering.

‘I was told if I didn’t get it in the next two hours I would go into a coma and be in hospital.’

A spokesman for Wizz Air has apologised and offered a free rebooking or full refunds to those affected.

He said: ‘The aircraft operating Wizz Air flights W6 3017 Bucharest-Glasgow and W6 3018 Glasgow-Bucharest on August 28 needed to undergo unscheduled technical maintenance.

‘Initially only a delay was predicted by the engineers but the works took longer than expected and unfortunately Wizz had to cancel the flights.

‘Passengers were offered free rebooking or a full refund.

‘Wizz Air sincerely apologises to all affected customers for any inconvenience caused.

‘The safety of our passengers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.’ 

 

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