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Thursday 21 September 2017

Thousands of flyers unable to get home

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David Wilcock

Thousands of tourists were left stranded at a major European airport after a fuel pump breakdown grounded flights.

Passengers described seeing people sleeping on the terminal floor at Lisbon Airport in Portugal after the system failure on Wednesday left thousands of people unable to get home.

Ryanair was among the airlines affected, along with the Portuguese national carrier Tap, which was warning customers that delays would run into yesterday.

Passengers were finally able to travel throughout yesterday.

Portugal's Ana airport management company said the refuelling system resumed normal operation soon after midnight and the civil aviation authority allowed planes to take off during the night to send the travellers on their way after 64 flight cancellations and 322 delays.

The airport timetable still showed delays on most flights in early afternoon yesterday, but most did not exceed an hour and Ana said the airport had resumed normal operations.

Lisbon has been experiencing a tourism boom for the past few years and the season is in full swing by May.

Irish Independent

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