Anger boiled over at Madrid’s international airport with passengers stranded after a low cost airline suspended its activities. Tens of thousands of Air Madrid passengers have been affected around the world by the shut-down. Air Madrid’s flights were grounded on Friday leaving its ticket holders on the lurch. The airline has a poor safety record and planes have frequently been stopped from taking off. The Spanish government has now removed its license.
With Air Madrid effectively closed down and Christmas around the corner, passengers are struggling to come up with travel solutions. One woman said she went to Air Madrid’s offices but all its staff had been sacked.
Air Madrid flies mostly to destinations in Latin America. The Spanish government has stepped in and flown a few thousand passengers home but its deadline to help them ends tommorow.
Many of the airline’s passengers cannot afford new tickets. One stranded passenger propped a placard by his bags explaining that he had not seen his children in five years.