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No refund for Glasgow airport passengers who won't take Helios flights

17.08.05

Scared Scots holidaymakers who refuse to board crash hit Helios planes at the weekend have been warned they will not get a refund. On Sunday 121 people died when a catastrophic loss of air pressure saw a Helios plane crash north of Athens.

But, despite the tragedy, hundreds of people are due to board two Helios flights to Cyprus from Glasgow Airport this Sunday. Both of the planes will be Boeing 737s - the same type that became a flying tomb after the loss of air pressure starved crew and passengers of oxygen and sent temperatures plummeting to -50C.

On Sunday Scots will make the four-and-a-half hour journey to Larnaca, the destination the fated jet left last Sunday. BAA Glasgow confirmed that Helios Airways operated two charter flights out of Glasgow, but would not say how many Scots have cancelled their flights. But they said that there would be no refunds for people who did quit the flights.

A spokesman for the Association of British Tour Operators said: 'There isn't anything in place for people who don't want to fly. And if they were booked seats-only, it is generally non-refundable. The airline has said in statements that they are following all the regulations. So if people don't want to go on the plane they can either not board or book another flight.'

The Association of Greek-Cypriot Travel agents said they had received cancellations, but refused to say if they were on Glasgow airport - Larnaca flights, only saying 'cancellations have been minimal'.

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