Hundreds of British tourists are stranded in South East Asia after Pakistan-India plane clashes force European flights to be cancelled
- Thai Airways cancelled all European flights, leaving Brits stranded in Bangkok
- Flights were cancelled amidst the Indian plane shootings by Pakistan
- One stranded traveller says she is stuck in the airport with ‘no food or water’
Hundreds of Brits were stranded at the airport in Thailand tonight after flights to Europe were cancelled amidst the India plane shootings.
Flag carrier Thai Airways cancelled all its scheduled flights to Europe – including one that had already taken off and was forced to turn back – leaving furious tourists with an uncertain delay at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
The 13-hour route goes straight across India and passes through Pakistan – risking being affected during the current tension.
Hundreds of British tourists have been left stranded in Bangkok, Thailand, at Suvarnabhumi Airport after Thai Airways were forced to cancel all European flights because of the Indian plane shootings
One flight had already taken off but was forced to turn back to the Bangkok airport once Thai Airways made the decision
One British tourist, Nicolle Paisley, who was on the flight which had to turn back said: ‘We’ve been back for hours now, no food or water. No information on our rescheduled flight. Not good enough at all’
The next scheduled flight to London was due to leave just after midnight tonight at 00:15 but officials said it would be rescheduled.
Flights to Frankfurt, Paris, Oslo, Milan, Zurich and Copenhagen were also cancelled.
Frustrated backpacker Nicolle Paisley, who was on the flight which turned back earlier today, said she was stuck in limbo between arrivals and immigration.
She said: ‘We’ve been back for hours now, no food or water. No information on our rescheduled flight. Not good enough at all.
‘The staff aren’t doing much to help. I’m already at the airport. They’ve told us to stay in line.
‘They can’t help as they don’t have the answers either. We just want to know when our flight is.’
The next scheduled flight to London was due to leave just after midnight tonight but officials said it would be rescheduled. Flights to Frankfurt, Paris, Oslo, Milan, Zurich and Copenhagen have also been cancelled
Thai Airways had to cancel all of their European flights because the flight path crosses through the chaos between India and Pakistan. Thai Airways President Sumeth Damrongchaitham said an urgent meeting had been called to reschedule flights to Europe
Chirs McAloran said he was waiting for updates from the airline.
He added: ‘My wife is also waiting at the same flight to get home for her father’s funeral.’
Thai Airways President Sumeth Damrongchaitham said an urgent meeting had been called to reschedule flights to Europe, which normally pass through airspace affected by the chaos between India and Pakistan.
He said: ‘The conflict situation between Pakistan and India has affected Thai Airways flights. Flights also had to turn back to Bangkok, including the London and Frankfurt flights.
‘By closing the airspace, every flight from Thailand to Europe has been affected. For flights that are going to depart this evening will call an urgent meeting to consider the impact of such events.’
Thai Airways has 13 routes to Europe: Denmark, Norway, Belgium, France, Russia, Germany Frankfurt, Germany Munich, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy Rome, Italy Milan and Austria.