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TRAVEL ADVISORY Storms Create More Airport Delays

Wednesday February 28, 2018

TRAVEL ADVISORY Storms Create More Airport Delays

High winds and rain are creating yet more travel chaos at Arrecife airport this morning, causing delays for both inbound and outbound flights.

Lanzarote is on an orange alert for high winds of up to 90km per hour today and these conditions are already having a negative impact on the travel plans of tourists. With Ryanair flights to Birmingham and Manchester and an easyJet flight to Gatwick already subject to delays, along with behind schedule take offs to a number of other destinations across Europe. Inbound flights from across Europe are also delayed.

A combination of low visibiity and high winds has pretty much bought the airport to a standstill as a result.  With inter island flights also affected, resulting in the cancellation of an official visit from high ranking government officials, including the Minister for Tourism.  

Travel conditions have barely returned to normal at the airport after the storms on Sunday which created widespread chaos across the Canaries. And some tourists had only just returned to the UK last night after being subjected to delays of over 46 hours on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Holidaymakers from Manchester endured a particularly harrowing experience after their Thomas Cook flight home was repeatedly cancelled and they were left to fend for themselves for three days in the terminal with little to no information or assistance. A truly shameful scenario that reflects poorly on both the airlines and the island tourist authorities who appeared totally indifferent to their plight.  Although official sources claim that out of 3000 tourists detained at the airport on Sunday 'only' 200 or so were left to sleep in the terminal building.

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