Angry airline passengers stranded at airports in Spain and Latin America are threatening to go on hunger strike after the Madrid-based company Air Comet suspended all operations and had its flying licence revoked by the Spanish authorities.
The Spanish national carrier Iberia has pledged to clear 90 per cent of the backlog, transferring 7,000 affected customers on to its own aircraft. But delays have left would-be travellers fuming.
One woman at Madrid’s Barajas airport said: “This isn’t right that they’re allowed to do this to us. No-one has given us any information. Nothing has been said to us. We paid for our tickets and we are waiting without any information.”
Another stranded customer said: “I’m not moving from here while there is no flight and if needs be, I’ll go on hunger strike until they find me a flight.”
Around half a dozen other passengers from Colombia and Ecuador are reported to have already begun a hunger strike.
Spanish government officials have pledged to ensure alternative travel arrangements are made but are uncertain whether everyone will get where they are going in time for Christmas.