September 18, 2008

Plane Problems Leave 150 Stranded XL Tourists Still Stuck in Rhodes

By Matthew McCreary

DISGRUNTLED Ulster holidaymakers with collapsed travel firm XL last night found themselves stranded in Greece following another twist in their ordeal.

Around 150 people due to return home from Rhodes faced delays after an alternative flight with airline Monarch was unable to fly yesterday due to technical difficulties.

One passenger said the mood among travellers was bad.

"People are getting upset, there are elderly people here," Hilary Hunter told BBC Radio Ulster.

"They are exhausted, it is very hot. I'm sure there are people who have probably run out of money.

"We haven't been offered any help or given any information."

Some 1,500 Northern Ireland holidaymakers were among those who found themselves stranded or their holiday plans in disarray following the collapse last week of the XL Leisure Group - the UK's third largest travel group.

The demise of XL is the latest blow to Northern Ireland travellers following the collapse of budget airline Zoom last month. The company had operated two routes from Belfast International Airport. More than 65,000 British holidaymakers were stranded abroad.

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Originally published by Matthew McCreary [email protected]

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