Cou­ple’s wed­ding plans thrown into chaos

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

A Bri­tish bride and groom are fac­ing a race against time to at­tend their own wed­ding af­ter their flight was can­celled five minutes be­fore they were due to board.

Alan Jee, 42, said their week had been plunged into chaos af­ter flights for 30 of his friends and fam­ily were also af­fected.

He said calls to find re­place­ment trans­port proved fruit­less and he was now fac­ing the prospect of sleep­ing at Gatwick Air­port un­til it was sorted – or even miss­ing Satur­day’s nup­tials al­to­gether.

The brick­layer, who lives near Bournemouth, said: “We went past pass­port con­trol, then five minutes be­fore we were due to go on the plane they just put an (an­nounce­ment) out say­ing every­thing’s been can­celled and if we want to get flights any­where else we have to pay for them our­selves.

“My mis­sus just burst straight into tears, and my mother-in-law, and my mum.

“They (Monarch) are do­ing ab­so­lutely noth­ing about it what­so­ever, they’ve palmed us off.

“No one’s told us any­thing about it, we’ve tried speak­ing to Monarch but they’ve gone into liq­ui­da­tion. They can’t get any more flights and we can’t get a ho­tel out here un­til this is sorted.”

Mr Jee is due to wed Donna Smith, 43, a food store man­ager also from Bournemouth, in Gran Ca­naria.

But hav­ing spent al­most £20,000 on the wed­ding, in­clud­ing re­turn flights at £120 each, he said he is now braced to spend more cash to find new flights.

He said: “I’m a bit narked, to say the least. I think it’s dis­grace­ful. I don’t know how they can treat peo­ple like that.”

Alan Jee: fac­ing chaos

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