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New flight chaos for Air Scotland passengers

02.05.06

Passengers flying with troubled budget airline Air Scotland were hit by fresh problems yesterday, as hundreds were left stranded across Europe. A series of delayed flights - at least four of the budget airline's flights were affected over the weekend - led to chaos for Scottish travellers in the UK, Spain and Greece.

The latest problems to hit the airline - which had the worst UK punctuality record in a report by Holiday Which? last summer - began with the delay for a Glasgow Airport to Malaga flight, due to depart at 07:00 on Sunday. Passengers were instead bussed to Manchester that day, from where they eventually only took off at 17:00 yesterday - 34 hours late - after a night in an airport hotel.

The knock-on affect of that delayed flight meant horrendous problems for passengers on the service from Malaga to Glasgow. It was due at 14:40 on Sunday, but was not expected until after midnight last night.

A spokesman at Malaga Airport said the stranded passengers were taken to a hotel overnight, and nobody had to sleep at the terminal. However, at one point police were called to the Spanish airport to calm passengers.

In addition, a flight from Glasgow Airport to Athens also took off three hours late, delaying the returning passengers too as the airline have only one plane.

No official from Air Scotland was available to tell furious passengers what was to blame for the latest fiasco.

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