Ryanair passengers ‘traumatized’ after sleeping on airport floor due to flight delays

Hundreds of passengers, including babies, whose Ryanair flight from Lanzarote was delayed by more than 20 hours, were forced to sleep on concrete floors and conveyor belts at the Spanish island’s airport.

One couple even claim the whole debacle left them “traumatized” after their return trip to Bristol was first delayed and then canceled due to bad weather. And because all local accommodation was booked, travelers had no choice but to spend the night at the airport, without water, food or blankets, while they waited for a plane to take them home, reports Bristol Live.

Sam Johns, 31, and his partner Danielle Downing, 30, flew from Bristol to Lanzarote on Thursday March 9 and were due to return three days later. But due to delays and cancellations, they finally made it home just before 7:00 pm on Monday, March 13 after suffering an agonizing night’s sleep in the process.

Young children and the elderly were among those who had to sleep on concrete floors and conveyor belts, according to the couple.

Sam, a website and marketing manager, said: “I took my partner for a birthday surprise and getting there was no problem. Everything had gone well until we arrived at the Lanzarote airport last Sunday around 3:00 p.m.

“Our flight was supposed to take off at 18:20. While we were waiting, the boards said that all flights were delayed.

“There was a lack of communication from Ryanair staff who said they were waiting for news, but they didn’t tell us why the flight was delayed. At first the flight was delayed an hour and then an advert appeared at the gate, but by the time we arrived it had changed from Bristol to Bournemouth.


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