Household’s “dream journey” to Grand Prix turns into catastrophe after airline loses baggage

A FAMILY who went on the “dream of a lifetime” journey to observe the Hungarian Grand Prix had been left with simply the garments on their backs after the airline misplaced their baggage.

Chloe Leen flew into Hungary along with her three siblings yesterday to observe the Method One however had been instructed after they arrived that every one 4 of their instances had been misplaced.

The 25-year-old and sister Aoife, 22, brothers Jack, 20, and Odhran, 13, had been left with simply the garments they travelled in and the objects they carried of their hand baggage.

The household from County Kerry, Eire, declare they haven’t been given any assist from Swiss Airways who they flew with.

They mentioned they contacted Dublin Airport who’ve additionally been unable to replace them on the place their baggage is.

Retail employee Chloe and her household have now been compelled to spend a whole bunch of euros on extra garments for themselves to cowl their week lengthy journey.

Nonetheless, they had been left gutted yesterday after they turned as much as the Hungaroring racetrack, the place the Grand Prix is being held, to be turned away as their tickets for the pitwalk are nonetheless of their misplaced instances.

Fortunately Chloe had saved their different tickets for his or her grandstand seats for qualifying on Saturday and the race in her hand baggage which is because of be held on Sunday.

Talking as we speak, Chloe mentioned: “No one appears to have solutions for us, there isn’t any manner for us to trace our baggage.

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“We’ve had no solutions from anyone, we’ve had nothing from Dublin Airport or from Swiss Airways.

“We’re right here till Tuesday and are hoping that our baggage will flip up quickly nevertheless it’s tough to know.

Jack, Odhran, Aoife and Chloe are all followers of Method 1. Credit score: Chloe Leen

“We solely have our keep it up, so issues like cellphone chargers and that’s actually it, fortunately my Mum instructed me to place the tickets in my bag so we do have them.

“We’ve now needed to spend a whole bunch of euros shopping for new merchandise for ourselves as we solely had the garments on our again and we couldn’t put on the identical factor for nearly every week.

“We had saved the entire thing a secret for seven months and we had been so excited to shock Odhran.

“It has been appalling, we have now remedy we’d like and it’s within the case, from Dublin to Budapest it’s been disgraceful, we truly selected Swiss Airways over Ryanair as a result of we had been fearful about Ryanair dropping our baggage.”

She wrote on-line yesterday: “So we’re right here in Budapest for the Method One Grand Prix, no baggage.

“All our gear that we had for the race, a whole bunch of euros value of stuff gone. Nobody has any solutions for us.

“4 suitcases gone, no assist from Dublin Airport, no assist from the airport in Budapest or Swiss Airways, no person has solutions for us. If anybody is aware of anyway are you able to please please assist us.

“What ought to have been a visit of a lifetime has became a residing nightmare, we’re right here with nothing however the garments on our again.”

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Aoife and Chloe
Chloe along with her siblings have travelled to Hungary. Credit score: Chloe Leen

Only a day earlier than their journey, Chloe and her youthful siblings had filmed a video displaying them shocking Odhran together with his ticket.

In a touching clip he will be seen in his bed room gazing a suitcase earlier than asking: “Are we going to Hungary?

“We’re not, are we going to Hungary? I can’t consider it.”

The video additionally exhibits the huge array of F1 merchandise the household had bought for his or her brother which is at the moment nonetheless misplaced in his suitcase.

Chloe’s TikTok has obtained over 89,000 views and greater than 9,000 likes.

Tons of of individuals have commented on the clip.

One mentioned: “That is so healthful.”

One other wrote: “That is essentially the most attractive factor, hope he has the very best time ever.”

A 3rd commented: “The very fact he has the video games instances and disks on the wall.”

A fourth added: “That is simply the very best, what a stunning child. Hope you will have the very best time.”

A spokeswoman for Dublin Airport as we speak mentioned: “Airways and their floor dealing with companions are solely liable for baggage dealing with at Dublin Airport.

“We empathise with these passengers affected and remorse that these points are impacting their passenger expertise.

“We’re liaising very intently with each the airways and their floor dealing with corporations in relation to those points, the basis of which lies within the important employees hiring challenges which are going through all corporations working within the aviation sector at the moment.

“We perceive from our discussions with airways and dealing with companies that they’re working arduous to reunite passengers with their baggage and we want to see this occur as shortly as attainable.”

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The Hungarian Grand Prix is the thirteenth spherical of the 2022 Method One season which at the moment sees Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen lead Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc by over 100 factors.