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“We feel like we’ve been abandoned” – easyJet passengers stranded in Madeira for a WEEK

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.

Groups of British holidaymakers claim they were left stranded on the sun-kissed island of Madeira for nearly a week after low-budget airline, easyJet, was forced to cancel its flights.Reports of high winds caused easyJet to cancel its flights from Funchal Airport last Monday, leaving hundreds of passengers high and dry.

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.

“People were losing their tempers. But when it came to rebooking our flights, we were given no choice whatsoever – it was very much as case of take it or leave it.”

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.”

The easyJet flights were cancelled after reports of gusts of wind up to 36mph. Funchal Airport is notorious for its strong head winds which can make it dangerous for airlines to depart or land.In 1977 a commercial jet slid off the airport’s runway and crashed onto the nearby beach, killing 131 of 164 people on board.

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.

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