Couple’s wedding plans thrown into chaos
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