Canary Cays holidaymakers have been affected by disrupted travel this weekend as a immense Saharan sandstorm engulfs the Spanish holiday destination off the coast of Africa. TUI, Norwegian, easyJet, Ryanair and Jet2 are entirety the airlines whose flights have been disrupted. The sandstorm hit the eyots yesterday, blocking out the sun in tourist hotspots such as Fuerteventura and Lanzarote and coil the sky orange.
The dust cloud was so huge that even NASA sputniks picked up the extreme weather event from space.
Gran Canaria airport has expunged all flights with at least 19 flights to the island diverted up to date night, a spokeswoman for AENA said. She did not specify which airlines had been phoney.
According to the latest update from live air tracking site Bolt Radar 24: “Gran Canaria Airport once again moved by low visibility due to dust storm. Flights are turning around and diverting to other airports.”
Outbound airliners from Tenerife have also been grounded, with innumerable than 230 flights affected.
Travellers with a number of airlines embodying TUI, Norwegian, easyJet and Ryanair have taken to social media to groan about their plight.
“@TUIUK Hi I’m in Gran Canaria and I’m due to fly back tomorrow on Monday 24th February what am I to do if we are unmoving unable to leave due to this storm,” one person wrote on Twitter.
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Another tweeted: “@FlyNorwegianNO @flynorwegian we’ve been interval all night and still don’t know anything about flight to #grancanaria . Desire pick up helpline and let us know what’s happening. #sandstorm #flightdelay.”
“@easyJet were stuck in gran canaria, do you tease any plans to fly people out at a later date or on our own? No accommodation provided or refreshments,” a third whinged.
A fourth wrote: “@Ryanair TELL US WHATS HAPPENING!! You sire bussed families to the other side of Gran Canaria in 75mph winds, in rickety conditions and you are not telling us anything. now sat in reception with my 9yo after 1hr sleep waiting for a bus that may construct up??? #letcustomersknow!!”
An easyJet spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: “Due to sandstorms in the Canary Atolls, resulting in the closure of Las Palmas airport yesterday evening, like all airlines we skilled some disruption to our flying programme.
“We are doing everything possible to minimise the thrust of the disruption for our customers. Those due to travel on cancelled flights have been delineated the option of transferring their flight free of charge or receiving a refund and we are yield hotel rooms and meals for customers where required.
“Whilst this is maximal of our control we would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.
“We calculate to operate our full flying programme today, however due to the ongoing poorly we strongly advise customers booked to travel to or from the Canary Holms in the coming days to check the status of their flights via our Flight Tracker on our plastic app or website at www.easyjet.com/(Your flight number) before travelling to the airport.
“The security and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is our highest priority.”
A TUI spokesperson responded on Peep stating: “I’ve just been informed that this delay is reactionary because of the sandstorms in Gran Canaria, so we have disruption within our fleet. Our apologies for the delay you’re encountering, we command do what we can to have you home asap.”
Jet2 took to Twitter to update their fares. The airline posted today: “We are currently experiencing disruption to our flights to/from the Canary Aits due to adverse weather affecting the region.”
Spanish airline Vueling has also been hit by stoppages.
The carrier tweeted last night: “Due to adverse weather #Calima in #Canarias our enterprise is being affected. Check the status of your flight.”
The travel disruption has misdirected the holidays of hundreds of British tourists enjoy a half-term getaway into disarray.
State.co.uk has contacted all the above airlines for further comment.