Tuesday 6 December 2016

Businessmen spend £700 on taxi home

Published 17/04/2010 | 10:07

Joe Duffy, 45, arrived back at Belfast port after spending 24 hours on the road
Joe Duffy, 45, arrived back at Belfast port after spending 24 hours on the road

A group of businessmen paid a taxi driver £700 to take them from Belfast to London after they were stranded by flight disruption.

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Some were medics who needed to get home to see their patients, the cabbie said. Their planes were grounded by the volcanic ash from Iceland which is passing through the UK's airspace.

Joe Duffy, 45, arrived back at Belfast port after spending 24 hours on the road. He covered 869 miles.

"It is only once in a lifetime you get a job like that. You have to keep the wheels going," he said.

The Fonacab driver left Belfast`s Hilton Hotel with a group of six businessmen for the ferry terminal. On board the boat they met up with two more friends and the party left in Mr Duffy`s 8-seater Volkswagen Transporter heading south.

"I thought they were winding me up when they asked me. I would say it is the longest taxi journey for anybody," he said.

He left two of his passengers in Birmingham and six at London Heathrow, where they had parked their cars before taking flights to Northern Ireland.

The Belfast father-of-two was deadpan about the experience and said there was plenty of room in the car. He left Heathrow immediately as he had to catch the ferry from Scotland this morning.

"I just made it back to the boat by the skin of my teeth, they were not going to let me on," he added.

He is taking a well-earned rest but vowed to be back behind the wheel.

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