Flights farce hits birth­day party in the sun

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS - BY RYAN HOOPER

A woman will make a de­layed start to her land­mark birth­day cel­e­bra­tions af ter the Monarch Air­lines fi­asco left her stuck at Gatwick.

Gabbi Lit­tle­field and her hus­band Jon Lit­tle­field were due to ar­rive in the Croa­t­ian coastal des­ti­na­tion of Dubrovnik on Mon­day morn­ing ahead of her 30th birth­day on Wed­nes­day.

But the air­line’s col­lapse meant the cou­ple were forced to splash the cash to en­sure her birth­day went ahead as planned.

Mrs Lit­tle­field, an ad­min worker from Bas­ingstoke, said: “I had never flown with Monarch be­fore, turned up here at 3.50am to just be told by the staff that the com­pany has gone bust and there might be no more flights.

“We weren’t re­ally sure what we could do. We trav­elled here from Bas­ingstoke so we felt a lit­tle bit stranded. We were a lit­tle bit frus­trated but we un­der­stand it’s no­body’s fault.

“Our first in­stinct was to hit the com­put­ers, get the first flight we can find, get a ho­tel room (nearby for a few hours), try to get some sleep and pick up the hol­i­day to­day.

“It’s cost us al­most £800 so far for al­ter­na­tive flights, and ho­tel rooms and taxis.

“We’ve got to re­ar­range trans­fers at the other end so we are keep­ing in­voices and re­ceipts and doc­u­ment­ing every­thing.

“I will be re­lieved when we – hope­fully, fi­nally – get there this evening.”

Gabbi and Jon Lit­tle­field

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