Tamworth family feared they were ‘stuck in Kos’ after airport strike

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A Tamworth family feared they were ‘stuck in Kos’ after an airport strike prevented them from flying home tonight.

Nigel and Linda Nicholson, father-in-law Alec Obyrne and friends Glyn and Julie Evans flew out from Birmingham on Monday, October 5.

They were due to return tonight (October 15) but have been told that is now not possible because of strike action.

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Jet2 has since confirmed affected flights will instead operate tomorrow.

Speaking from his hotel on Wednesday night, Nigel told Birmingham Live: “We are stuck in Kos as the airports go on strike.

“We were supposed to check out Thursday morning but reception informed us we had to contact Jet2holidays. They’ve now told us that they are trying to sort flights out.

“The airport goes on strike for 24 hours so our earliest flight out looks like 8am Friday onwards.

“We only found out by accident. One of our party asked to keep the room for longer as you have to check out as soon as possible. If it wasn’t for that we could have checked out and then been left in the hallway!

“Lucky for us we’ve been allowed to stay in the hotel until further notice. They are letting us stay in our rooms and letting us carry on using the facilities.

“If it wasn’t for the hotel letting us stay, I would be livid.

“We have a party member that needs a wheel chair at the airport. It is very small and at the moment cramped.”

Despite the drama Nigel insists they have enjoyed their stay: “We have had a fantastic time. It’s a fantastic place to come and see.

“Kos Island has hardly any cases of Covid but all of the staff and shop keepers are wearing masks whilst we don’t have to as long as we keep our distance and respect their rules.”

A spokesperson for Jet2 said: “We are aware of the strike by air traffic controllers in Greece which started earlier today.

“We are not cancelling flights, and affected flights that were due to operate today (15th October) will instead operate tomorrow (16th October).

“For customers due to depart back to the UK, our teams are already working hard to look after everyone affected and make sure they are provided with hotel accommodation and refreshments.

“We apologise to any customers inconvenienced by these strikes, which are completely beyond our control.”





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