Scottish passengers stuck in Romania after plane malfunctions

Published on : Thursday, August 31, 2017

Scottish passengersWizz Air flight from Bucharest to Glasgow was supposed to depart at 19:30 on Monday, but the plane never took off leading to scores of Scots being stranded in Romania for up to a week after the plane suffered a malfunction.

Passengers were informed that there were no alternative Glasgow flights for a week.
The airline said it had apologised to customers and offered them a full refund or seats on the next available Wizz Air flight.

Bob Jamieson, 70, from Peebles in the Borders, said he had run out of medication to treat his diabetes and been forced to seek emergency supplies.

After running out of medication, he said he could feel himself becoming unwell.

Mr Jamieson said he was now resting at the hotel and trying to ensure he stabilised his condition.

Passengers had waited at Otopeni Airport on Monday until past midnight before giving up hope.

Some people turned to rival airlines to get home, but flights were reported to cost in the region of £700.

Other travellers accepted flights from Wizz Air to other UK cities, and were paying for transfers to Glasgow out of their own money.

Mr Jamieson said he was booked on the next flight to Glasgow, which is due to depart on Monday.

A Wizz Air spokeswoman apologised to affected customers and said the safety of its passengers, crew and aircraft was its “number one priority”.

“In line with Wizz policy and typical airline practice, passengers were offered either a full refund, or free rebooking on the next available Wizz Air flight,” she said.

“Beyond this, we have advised passengers of their rights under EU law with regard to compensation, and how to apply.

“Wizz has also provided hotel accommodation and meal vouchers to those choosing to wait until the next available flight.”

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