Relief all round after the Spanish government agreed to spend over six million euros to transport around 7,000 passengers left stranded by the collapse of the low budget airline Air Comet.
Most of the flights normally operated by the debt- stricken airline operate out of Madrid’s Barajas airport and fly to South American destinations.
Not all routes have so far been covered and those passengers with no replacement tickets expressed their anger, demanding to fly.
The suspension of Air Comet also means a very unhappy Christmas for its 700 or so employees who have lost their jobs.
“You can’t abandon passengers like that in airports nor can one abandon workers to unemployment.”
“I would love to continue working but with another, more competent company,” were two employee’s opinions.
Spain’s Transport Ministry took Air Comet’s licence away earlier this week. It had been waiting for a feasibility plan from the company over how it was to pay back the 17 million euros it owed to a German bank.
The plan never materialised.