Flights from Fuerteventura to Newcastle were cancelled after a plane punctured two tyres on the runway
Hundreds of Jet2 passengers have been left sleeping on the floor ‘with cockroaches’ after getting stranded in a Spanish airport.
Holidaymakers in Fuerteventura were unable to get home to Newcastle after flights were cancelled – with no indication of when they might be up and running again.
A TUI plane punctured two tyres on the runway at the Spanish Island’s airport, which left the airport closed for several hours.
Dozens of flights were disrupted including a Jet2 flight to Newcastle which was due to depart at 9.30pm on Monday.
Around 200 people who were due to board the plane were ushered into an arrivals lounge and spent the night sleeping on the floor, passengers said.
Longbenton grandma, Brenda Prior, 69, and her wheelchair using sister Iris Mowett, 73, spent an uncomfortable night on the airport floor with no information from Jet2 staff.
She told the Chronicle Live : “We were told there would be a delay when we checked in but didn’t think it would be anything like this.
“There’s around 200 of us waiting, the plane that was supposed to take us home was diverted to Lanzarote so we’re just waiting.
“At around half three the Jet2 staff disappeared and we’ve just been left, it’s shocking really, my sister is in a wheelchair and there’s little ones here all lying on the floor.
“We’ve been given €20 (£17) for food and water but that’s only got us a sandwich. It’s shocking, it’s not good enough.”
Newcastle Airport website says that the flight is now scheduled to arrive at 7.30pm on Tuesday, though Brenda said they’ve not been told that.
Lisa Henderson, 33, from Consett, has been stranded with her almost-two-year-old baby and her partner overnight.
She said: “We’ve ran out of nappies and I was told just to ask for some from other parents.
“No one knows what is going on, there are cockroaches crawling on the floor and we’ve had to break into the cafe to get milk for our babies. It’s been 12 hours now with no food or sleep and there’s no assistance.”
A spokesperson for Jet2 said it had been unable to secure overnight accommodation for the stranded passengers on Monday night and apologised for the situation.
“Despite our best efforts, we were unable to source suitable accommodation at such short notice, however we will be taking our customers to a hotel today where lunch and day room facilities will be available before their flight departs at 5pm.
“We apologise to all affected customers for any inconvenience caused by these extraordinary circumstances, which were completely beyond our control.”