Scots TUI buyer watches cancelled flight to Aberdeen nonetheless flying to town – with none passengers onboard

A SCOTS TUI buyer was left fuming after watching his cancelled flight to Aberdeen nonetheless flying to town – with none passengers on board.

Steven Dongworth was shocked after seeing the TOM4TE flight to Aberdeen had left Corfu Airport in Greece for its deliberate vacation spot – leaving lots of of passengers behind.

The 34-year-old arrived on the airport on Friday to fly again dwelling to the Granite Metropolis after per week’s cruise across the Adriatic Sea with associate, Sean Rafferty.

The couple have been initially informed, together with lots of of different passengers on the identical flight, that their 10.15pm flight had been delayed till 1am the next morning.

Steven claims they have been later directed onto the aircraft to be seated however then informed on the runway that the captain had gone over his authorized time restrict.

Passengers have been then taken again into the airport the place many slept on flooring and chairs for hours till a brand new flight was allotted at 1.45pm.

Nevertheless, whereas ready round, Sean went onto the FlightRader24 web site and was capable of observe the flight heading to Aberdeen at 3.44am – however with out the passengers.

The holidaymakers lastly managed to get on one other flight to Aberdeen Airport at 2.45pm on Saturday.

Steven claims when questioning why the flight had gone with out them, a TUI rep then mentioned it was as a result of the crew have been over hours, not the pilot.

Talking at the moment, Steven mentioned: “My associate and I have been on a TUI cruise from Corfu across the Adriatic, our first one.

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“It was an incredible week, we have been dropped off on the airport at 7pm by the TUI switch bus, for our 10:15 pm flight.

“The flight was then delayed till 1am after that we have been taken by way of on the bus and to the aircraft.

“We received informed that the captain was over his authorized time restrict and the probably end result was he would wish to go and sleep for 12 hours and take us dwelling the subsequent day.

“It was sweltering contained in the gate and no retailers have been open – mother and father with youngsters have been begging airport employees for water.

Steven couldn’t consider that the aircraft had taken off with out the passengers. Credit score: Steven Dongworth

“At 3am a TUI rep appeared however hid behind a door on her cellphone for half-hour and informed us she didn’t know something.

“We have been informed those that needed to go away may achieve this however wouldn’t be allowed again into the gate till they’d checked in for the brand new flight.

“Clearly, we weren’t eager on leaving the airport to wander the streets of Corfu at 4am so all of us received informed to discover a cafe and wait there.

“All of us refused to go away and have been informed if we didn’t depart the police would take away us.

“It was throughout all this that we observed the aircraft had taken off and we adopted it on FlightRadar all the way in which again to Aberdeen.”

Steven added: “The TUI rep informed me it was the crew who have been over their hours not the captain and so he may fly the aircraft which was not what we had all been informed.

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“The following day I couldn’t eat any of the sandwiches as I’m dairy illiberal and there was nothing that wouldn’t have made me violently sick.

“We received supplied one other sandwich at 12 and so I requested the airport employees what I ought to do as there was no TUI rep round.

“She mentioned that TUI had informed them that was all we may have however fortunately a pleasant passenger gave me some crisps that they’d.

“There have been youngsters with autism who have been severely distressed and the employees weren’t serving to.

“Aged individuals too, left to sit down in baking warmth for 21 hours, it was disgusting.”

TUI has been approached for remark.