The worst disruption in aviation history is taking its toll on the tens of thousands of passengers stranded worldwide.
Patience is one thing, but on day four of no-fly restrictions, despair set in and tempers frayed. Many complained that not enough was being done to keep them informed or ease their plight.
One irate traveller said: “We need some sort of support. They’re not giving us any support whatsoever. So we are disappointed.”
Airports in Paris, a key transport hub, have been paralysed by the flight ban. And while would-be travellers are coping with an unwelcome extended stay, those who make their living here are also under pressure.
Nejeb Sfar with Tunisia’s national airline, Tunisair was fearing the worst after the weekend.
He said: “There are going to be a lot of people, people do understand, they are watching the television, waiting for news. But when we open up tomorrow, it is going to be chaotic.”
Like many alternative forms of transport, coaches have proved popular, but despite extra services from the French capital, getting a seat on one of them is another matter.
A woman passenger complained: “We’re exasperated. We’re tired, you can see the length of the queue we’ve had to stand in, and then we were just told we’re going to have to wait nearly a week to get back to our country.”
The big problem for many was simply not knowing how long the chaos would continue, with homes, jobs and loved ones often at the other side of the world.