Wed, Jul 25, 2007
Last Of Passengers Finally Make it Home -- Four Days Later
More than 1,000 passengers were stranded in the Canary Islands,
Scotland and abroad this weekend when their charter plane was
The plane, chartered by Sky Wings, is the only aircraft operated
by tour operator Seguro Holidays of Scotland. It was grounded
Saturday after a major problem was found with its navigation
system. Seguro was forced to cancel all its flights to and from
Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire.
Passengers had been stuck on Gran Canaria since then, according
to the Scotsman.
Some affected passengers managed to make it home via a few
sub-charters Seguro was able secure or on their own.
Passenger Derek McLaren said: "It's brilliant to be back. Our
flight was cancelled and we didn't have a lot of money.
"We had two nights' delay. We managed to get free drinks for the
kids even though they didn't want to give us them."
Richard Burke, managing director of Seguro, told the BBC
Tuesday, "There was a further problem with paperwork with the
Civilian Aviation Authority in Athens which delayed things.
They have now reinstated the license of Sky Wings and it will be
operating as normal from Prestwick. Everyone will be coming home on
Burke added: "We are in talks with other companies to charter a
plane for the rest of the season and will be terminating our
contract with Sky Wings."
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