Ryanair couple who booked flight to Spain… lands in GREECE: couple flies 1,200 miles in wrong direction after boarding error at Stansted
- Humaira and Farooq Shaikh locked out after boarding Zante Ryanair flight
- The couple had bought tickets to Seville, Spain, which is 1,200 miles away
- Pair didn’t realize their mistake until they landed on the Greek party island
- Now Humaira and Farooq are out of money after Ryanair ‘laughed’ at their plight and had to pay for their temporary housing
A couple were left stunned after an embarrassing confusion at the airport meant they boarded the wrong Ryanair flight to Greece and ended up 1,200 miles in the wrong direction.
Humaira and Farooq Shaikh were excited about their autumn break after their son booked them on the budget airline’s flight to Seville from Stansted Airport.
After successfully checking in, they boarded their flight without any problems, after showing their boarding passes to the staff.
However, they realized they had accidentally flown 1,200 miles in the wrong direction and landed on the Greek island of Zante when their taxi driver broke the news.
The couple told the Mirror they were confused after their phones received an automated message welcoming them to Greece, and the taxi driver warned them: ‘this is not Spain’.
The pair allege they were ‘laughed at’ by Ryanair staff at Zakynthos Airport and were offered a free night’s stay at a nearby hotel, despite the next journey home not being due for another four days, after they contacted them to confirm. reveal their mistake.
Humaira and Farooq said, “They only wanted to pay for one night, so we had to pay three more.”
Humaira and Farooq Shaikh were excited about their autumn break after their son booked them on the budget airline’s flight to Seville from Stansted Airport. But they were left distraught after boarding the wrong flight and landing 1,200 miles in the wrong direction.
The pair were left stunned when they accidentally arrived on the Greek island of Zakynthos [File picture]
The pair later revealed that they had no idea as the cabin crew had not announced the flight’s destination as the plane was late to leave the UK.
Once stranded on the Greek island, Humaira and Farooq had a choice: wait for the next direct flight in four days, or embark on a multi-stop trip, with stopovers, which would have doubled the length of their journey.
The couple had to foot the bill, around £1,100, for the remainder of their Greek holiday after choosing to wait for the direct journey home.
But they nearly missed their return flight because they were not properly registered in the Ryanair system and only recognized at the last minute by an employee.
The sheiks had packed up for a pleasant autumn walking holiday in the Spanish city of Seville (pictured above), but were instead stranded on the Greek party island for four days
Their son, Suleman, was distraught by the ordeal after speaking to his tearful mother, adding, “Not only is this a complete lack of safety, certainty and responsibility, but it has also led to severe tension and anxiety among my parents.” .’
He was also frustrated after the trip cost him £1,100 with Ryanair refusing to process a refund for the hotels and tours his parents never got to enjoy.
Ryanair emails sent to the couple stated that the signs for the flights were “clearly identified” and that “screens above showed the flight number and destination”.
Ryanair has been approached for comment.
The pair allege they were ‘laughed at’ by Ryanair staff at Zakynthos airport and were offered a free night’s stay at a nearby hotel, despite the next journey home to take another four days, after contacting them. to reveal their mistake