Manchester holidaymakers are among thousands of people facing chaos in Portugal after flights were grounded at a major international airport.
A fuel pump fault caused ‘absolute carnage’ and a ‘nightmare’ at Lisbon airport on Wednesday, according to travellers.
Passengers were seen asleep on the floor of the terminal after the failure struck, leaving them unable to get home. One traveller told the M.E.N they queued for nearly ten hours, adding: “At least two people received medical treatment for a panic attack. The whole experience was a nightmare.”
Ryanair was among the airlines affected, along with the Portuguese national carrier TAP, which was warning customers that delays would run into Thursday.
Ella Sykes, 27, from Leeds, said the scene in the terminal was ‘absolute carnage’ when she and a friend arrived at the airport at 2pm for a 5.30pm Ryanair flight to Manchester after a short break in Lisbon.
Speaking to the Press Association on Thursday morning, she said: “We have been here all night.
“It’s 17 hours now and we still haven’t had any information from Ryanair. We have given up on the queues. We’ve booked a flight from Faro tomorrow morning.
“We are exhausted and we’ve had to fork out for accommodation overnight as well. And I was meant to be at work this morning.”
She said the only information she had received about what was happening had come from the media, adding: “The airport was absolute carnage. There were far too many people in the departure lounge so they stopped letting people in.”
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