The Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air is famous, especially lately, for regularly abandoning its passengers at airports without any information, for various reasons. This was no different this time: instead of leaving on the evening of 24 August, a flight from Madrid to Budapest only left on the evening of 25 August.
A Wizz Air passenger has contacted Index.hu with a recent airport incident in which the airline has kept passengers waiting for a day to return home. According to the reader, they have not received any information for more than 20 hours about the flight, which eventually departed late on the 25th instead of in the evening of 24 August, after the midday take-off was delayed further and further.
The last time Wizz Air did not bring its passengers home from Paris. According to the airline, it is not at all impossible that such incidents will happen again, given the huge staff shortage.
Petra Nagy sent her detailed account of the incident to Index. According to her Facebook post, the plane was due to leave Madrid for Budapest on Wednesday evening with almost 200 people on board. Some of them were already on board, the others were in the corridor when they were led off.
After being removed from the plane, there was a four-hour wait, during which the airline did not inform its passengers why they had to leave the plane. They heard that the plane had been struck by lightning and was being repaired.
On Thursday, they did not depart until 12.30 AM, and it was only after waiting at the airport in the middle of the night that passengers collected their checked baggage. The 200 passengers then had to queue for more than an hour to sign a paper stating whether they wanted to stay in a hotel for the night. The waiting didn’t end there either: by 2 AM, a bus could be ordered for the 200 people, which was only able to take them to the hotel in three or four rounds.
According to Nagy, women and children were the first to board the bus, which reminded her of the Titanic shipwreck. She said, “I was starting to get a bit of a Titanic feeling here”. Petra was able to check into her hotel room at a quarter past three in the morning. She found out that she could fly home at noon on Thursday.
That noon eventually turned into almost 11 PM. According to the latest information from Index, they were able to take off at 10.45 PM, a delay of more than 26 hours.
Source: Index.hu, DNH