EASYJET: Britons heading home from the Portuguese island of Madeira, situated off the Northwest coast of Africa, were left stranded at the airport for almost a week after easyJet flights were cancelled.
With no way to get home, witnesses have reported queues of up to 700 people snaking around the airport, waiting for a flight home.
According to MailOnline, eight pensioners have alleged they began to run out of crucial medication for Parkinson’s and diabetes.
Sue Collingwood, 67, commented to the MailOnline: “It was horrendous at the airport. There were hundreds of people trying to work out what to do – families who needed to get back for work or get their children back to school.
Passengers had no choice but to wait for the next flight, with some forced to stay on the island for as long as the coming Monday.
Sue continued: “They said the earliest flight we could get would be this coming Monday – a week after we were meant to fly.
“There is one chap who has run out of medication for his Parkinson’s and diabetes. Others are running low on theirs.
“I’ve had to cut mine in half to help my friend Brenda. We feel like we’ve been abandoned by easyJet.”
In 2010 the History Channel programme Most Extreme Airports ranked it as the ninth most dangerous airport in the world, and third most perilous in Europe.
Pilots must undergo additional training to fly to the airport including airport familiarisation, landing and departures.