Stranded Re­place­ment plane leaves cou­ple be­hind as hol­i­day firm fails

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Ed STILLIARD ed­[email protected]­

ACOUPLE from Tewkes­bury are stranded abroad with no more cash avail­able af­ter travel firm Thomas Cook col­lapsed on Mon­day.

Noel Hard­ing and his part­ner Stacey Chell ar­rived at the air­port in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic to find there was no flight home for them.

They are now wait­ing for a Bri­tish Air­ways flight but say they have no more cash.

“We turned up at the air­port for our flight to find they over-booked the plane, leav­ing 35 of us be­hind,” Noel said.

The hol­i­day­mak­ers have been put up at the Caribe Club Princess Ho­tel in Punta Cana but Noel says that none of the staff “have a clue what is go­ing on”.

The cou­ple have run out of ba­sics and have no more cash to get any more, he said.

He added: “There’s 35 of us stranded in Punta Cana due to [the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity not] send­ing a big enough plane to get us home.

“We were stuck in the air­port for seven hours with no food and drink they had to get ex­tra security to keep us safe.

“We have been put up in a ho­tel where we are get­ting bit­ten alive. We have all run out of sun cream, bite cream and toi­letries.

“Just called the CAA, they didn’t even know we were in a ho­tel. They thought we all got on the flight – shock­ing.”

Noel, his part­ner and those with him are now “stressed” at the end of their two weeks abroad and don’t know when they will be fly­ing home.

A spokes­woman from the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (CAA), which is or­gan­is­ing the repa­tri­a­tion of Brits stranded abroad due to the col­lapse of the hol­i­day com­pany, said they were due to be flown home yes­ter­day.

A flight time was not pro­vided, but there will be a free trans­fer to their orig­i­nal des­ti­na­tion. Noel and Stacy will have to get back to Manch­ester and col­lect their car be­fore they can re­turn home to Glouces­ter­shire.

The spokes­woman from the CAA said in­for­ma­tion would be passed on to the hol­i­day­mak­ers.

“We are do­ing our ut­most to make sure it’s go­ing with­out a hitch. We don’t want any­one to be de­layed but we are go­ing to do our best to get them home,” she said.

We were stuck in the air­port for seven hours with no food and drink

Noel Hard­ing

Noel Hard­ing and his part­ner Stacey Chell

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