Ryanair passengers told to take '18 hour BUS' from Romania to Greece after their flight was diverted

RYANAIR passengers were left stranded at an airport in Romania after they refused an "18 hour" bus ride to Greece.

Their original flight was due to travel from London Stansted to Thessaloniki in Greece on Friday evening when bad weather conditions caused it to be diverted.

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Instead of landing in Greece that same evening on a flight that should have taken three hours, passengers were diverted to Timisoara in Romania - 460 miles away from their final destination.

After landing, the 201 people on board were reportedly told they could be taken to their destination in Greece by bus, which would take "18 hours" according to one passenger.

Furious travellers took to Twitter to vent their frustration with the airline.

Passenger Christina wrote on Twitter: "@Ryanair is only offering one 'solution' to the passengers of FR8582 and that is to get on an old bus for 18 hours with the same driver.

"#Ryanair @Ryanair is a scam. 201 people from the flight FR8582 spent the night in an old airport in Romania without any food, assistance or anywhere to go. The issue is already on the Greek news, @Ryanair needs to resolve this as soon as possible. #ryanairisascam #boycottryanair"
— @Christina (@Christine_Kyr)

"#Ryanair @Ryanair is only offering one “solution” to the passengers of FR8582 and that is to get on an old bus for 18 hours with the same driver. It is illegal and dangerous for one bus driver to drive for so many hours. There is also thick snow everywhere. #boycottryanair"
— @Christina (@Christine_Kyr)

"It is illegal and dangerous for one bus driver to drive for so many hours. There is also thick snow everywhere. #boycottryanair."

Eighty-nine passengers refused to travel by bus and stayed at the airport overnight with no food or water in freezing conditions, according to Greek media.

Aegean Airlines, a Greek airline carrier, was sent to Romania by the Greek government after passengers contacted local media in desperation.

They were then taken to their correct destination and arrived on Saturday at 5pm, a day later than planned.

"@Ryanair instead of landing the passengers in SKG airport(thessaloniki) in GREECE you ve decided to land the plain in timisoara in ROMANIA?couldnt you find an airport CLOSER?"
— @ioannis (@nitrodizon)

"Last night a flight to #SKG (Thessaloniki, Greece) the worst airline in the world @Ryanair could not land due to bad weather. They diverted to Romania and they left 200 people at the airport with no service at all. 2 GR airports few km away were open for landing SHAME @RYRNews"
— @Ioannis John Glykos (@GlykosJ)

"@BBCBreaking My parents & 200 passengers of FR8582 @Ryanair from LDN to SKG have been stranded in Timisoara airport due to weather. No one in sight and no one answering phones. Babies and elderly spending the night in the cold. Please publish in order for @Ryanair to act tonight."
— @Sanji A Hewson (@HewsonSanji)

The airline told local media that they were sorry for the situation which was "beyond our control".

Passengers are unlikely to be able to claim compensation for the incident due to the cause being poor weather, which is not covered under EU law.

Ryanair were recently voted the worst airline in the UK for the sixth year running, according to Which? Travel.


Due to high-profile incidents, including cancelled flights following strikes and passengers not being given compensation, the airline received just 40 per cent overall customer satisfaction.

Of the 7,901 members, 70 per cent said they would never fly with the Irish airline even if they were the cheapest on the market.

RYANAIR passengers were left stranded at an airport in Romania after they refused an "18 hour" bus ride to Greece.


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