May 11, 2021

Bray woman among Ryanair passengers stranded in cold in Poland

A Bray woman was among 100 Ryanair passengers left stranded in Poland after a Ryanair flight from Krakow to Dublin was delayed and then re-routed.

The group includes up to 50 final year UCD Science students who were on their last group trip before finishing university.

Eyewitnesses said some of the original flight’s passengers remained in the Polish airport this morning.

Flight FR1902 was due to take off at 3.35pm on Friday but was delayed because of fog. After an initial delay, passengers were informed that their flight would take off from Katowice Airport, around 100km away, and that a bus would take them to the airport.

Bray woman Cat Sawkins, who was returning from a snowboarding holiday, was one of the passengers caught up in the confusion.

Ms Sawkins said passengers were waiting outside in the cold for two hours looking for the bus.

She told RTÉ News: “We were going up and knocking on bus doors and asking ‘are you for the Dublin flight?’, and they all said no.”

Ms Sawkins said passengers were then instructed to return inside. Two more announcements instructing them to go outside for a bus followed, she said, but each time there was no bus for them. Ms Sawkins said at around 9pm the passengers realised they would not make their flight.

Despite passenger claims to the contrary, Ryanair issued a statement to say that “coaches were organised”.

The airline said the flight was delayed because of  heavy fog and that passengers had been notified of the delay.

“Ryanair sincerely apologised to all customers affected by this weather delay, which was entirely beyond our control,” it said.


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