Round 200 stranded at Rhodes Airport flooring following easyJet delay

The EZY8232 flight to London Gatwick was supposed to depart at 9.10pm on Saturday (Photos: Charlie Johnson)

About 200 folks have been compelled to sleep on the airport flooring after their flight from Rhodes to London was delayed greater than 18 hours.

The EZY8232 flight to London Gatwick was supposed to depart Rhodes Airport at 9.10pm final evening, however everybody who was anticipating to be on the airplane was nonetheless ready virtually 20 hours later.

Londoner Charlie Johnson, 30, and her boyfriend Joshua White, 31, had gone to the Greek island for 4 nights to ‘get some solar and skim their books’.

However like so many different vacationers final week, their vacation has became a nightmare with wildfires raging by the world, resulting in the evacuation of 1000’s.

Charlie and Joshua are two of the 200 Charlie estimates have been left ‘stranded’, with ‘completely no communication’ from easyJet on Saturday evening.

She advised ‘We got a voucher for €4.50 which covers the price of a Fanta. A espresso is €4.75 and the most affordable sandwich is €6.50 so it doesn’t even cowl a meal. 

‘There was no info, we have been simply left to sleep on the ground in a single day and wait till we knew after we knew our flight was going to reach. There are many younger kids, aged folks, disabled folks all simply being left to take a seat on the ground and fend for themselves and stay off a €4.50 voucher.’

Charlie trying to get some sleep on the floor at Rhodes Airport.

Charlie attempting to get some sleep on the ground at Rhodes Airport (Image: Joshua White)

Charlie and Joshua lying on the floor.

Charlie and Joshua had gone on vacation to ‘get some solar and skim their books’ (Image: Charlie Johnson)

Joshua and Charlie in Rhodes Airport.

They stated they have been most pissed off on the lack of communication from easyJet (Image: Charlie Johnson)

EasyJet advised the scenario was attributable to ‘numerous prospects deciding on the inbound flight that they now not needed to journey to Rhodes’.

The airline stated it couldn’t supply resort lodging ‘because of the scenario in Rhodes following the wildfires’.

It has since introduced two repatriation flights will happen tomorrow, with a 3rd on Tuesday.

Charlie stated: ‘There aren’t any accommodations left as a result of they’re getting used for individuals who have been evacuated due to the fires.’

She went on: ‘It’s absolute carnage. We’re additionally caught within the departure gate as a result of we’ve gone by passport management so we now can’t go away the world.

‘So we’re restricted to a really small a part of the airport with just one restaurant that accepts our vouchers and just one lavatory and it’s heaving. There will not be sufficient seats.

‘There are individuals who have requested to simply go away the airport and organize their very own various plans however we’re actually not allowed to depart – as a result of our bags is on the airplane I believe.’

Mapshowing which parts of Rhodes have been hit by wildfires.

This map exhibits which elements of Rhodes have been hit by wildfires (Image:

A firefighting plane drops water over a wildfire burning near Asklipio, on the island of Rhodes, Greece, July 23, 2023. REUTERS/Lefteris Damianidis

A firefighting airplane drops water over a wildfire burning close to Asklipio (Image: Reuters)

An easyJet airplane reportedly arrived at Rhodes Airport at round 8am this morning, which about 50 folks have been in a position to board, in keeping with Ben Wright, who was additionally purported to be on the flight.

He stated kids, households and the aged have been trapped in a 40°C cabin with no aircon and no information for half an hour, earlier than they have been knowledgeable the airplane would really not be flying.

EasyJet confirmed that the delay attributable to having to re-board the inbound flight pushed the flight crew previous the authorized variety of hours they’re allowed to work.

The travellers have been advised the pilot would come and converse to them however footage posted on Twitter exhibits an airport employee asserting: ‘The captain has refused to return and converse to passengers.

‘We have now no info from easyJet at this level with what is occurring together with your flight and we do apologise.’

A crowd at Rhodes Airport.

Charlie stated there have been a number of kids, aged and disabled folks ready to get residence (Image: Charlie Johnson)

Charlie stated: ‘Everybody is basically pissed off. Fairly a low of persons are upset. It could virtually be higher if easyJet simply held their palms up “we screwed up” however we’ve simply not heard something from them.’

At round 4.20pm native time, easyJet began ‘some kind of boarding by studying out names one after the other’ to find out who might get onto the airplane, Charlie stated.

Police have been referred to as to carry the gang again as they tried to push to the entrance to ask for extra details about who was being allowed to board.

Ultimately, they have been advised households with kids might undergo.

‘It’s just like the Titanic or The Starvation Planes,’ Charlie joked.

She added: ‘I clearly do really feel actually terrible for the individuals who needed to evacuate their accommodations and stuff. We’re caught in an airport which is clearly much better than being caught on a seaside – I’m not insensitive to what’s happening.’

When the couple acquired to the entrance of the queue, they have been a part of a gaggle of between 20 and 25 who have been advised there weren’t sufficient seats for them, Charlie stated.

About an hour later, Charlie stated the airplane had not left but, ‘in order that they’re all sitting on a airplane with no aircon in 40°C temperatures’.

She has not been advised ‘something’ about when she and the remaining passengers are going to have the ability to go away. They’ve all been given one other €4.50 voucher.

EasyJet stated: ‘We’re very sorry that Saturday night’s flight from Rhodes to Gatwick was delayed because of numerous prospects deciding on the inbound flight that they now not needed to journey to Rhodes.

‘This meant all passengers wanted to be re-boarded which prompted an additional delay which sadly led to the crew exceeding their most responsibility time and required the inbound plane from Gatwick to divert to Athens.

‘This meant that the flight from Rhodes to Gatwick needed to be delayed in a single day and operated by a alternative plane.’

The corporate added: ‘The security and well-being of our prospects and crew is easyJet’s highest precedence. We wish to apologise to our prospects for any inconvenience prompted.’

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