Flights to Europe still cancelled
KERRY Hawthorne’s bags are packed but she’s not going anywhere.
Kerry was due to fly out to London yesterday for a family reunion next weekend, but is now in a holding pattern as Europe struggles with the fallout from the clouds of ash spewing from a certain Icelandic volcano.
“You could have knocked me over with a feather when I was told on Saturday I wouldn’t be flying yesterday,” Kerry said.
“I’ve planned this trip for months and so can only hope the dust settles soon. My son who lives in London was due to meet me at Heathrow and my other son was flying over from America for a long overdue family get-together before I headed off to Paris and Turkey and finally a cruise of the Mediterranean,” Kerry said.
“I’m just so glad I’ve got a travel agent who is doing all the hard work re-booking and re-scheduling for me. I don’t know how those people who just book over the internet are coping.”
That agent, Glenda Halliwell from Jetset Travel, said because the situation with airport closures across Europe was so fluid it was hard to know just when Kerry will take to the air.
“I’ve currently got clients stuck in Paris, London and Dubai,” Ms Halliwell said yesterday.
“Virtually all the international airlines have said they will honour bookings when they can as have tour and cruise companies, but as to when the situation returns to normal is anyone’s guess,” she said.
Ms Halliwell advised travellers to stay in close contact with their agents, airlines and tour companies.
“When the skies clear there will be a huge backlog of passengers to be moved so people will need to be ready to go in an instant.”