20 Dec, 2018 @ 13:48
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British mum desperately trying to reach Spain for expat dad’s funeral after flight cancelled in London Gatwick drone chaos

Audrey just wants to reach her mum in Spain
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A BRITISH mum is ‘running out of options’ in trying to reach Spain for her father’s funeral. 

Audrey Garland, 48, is desperately trying to find a way to Calp, based between Murcia and Valencia, with her brother.

It comes after their flight was cancelled in the ongoing drone fiasco at London Gatwick airport.

The accountant, from near Heathrow, told the Olive Press that ‘panic is setting in’ as it seems there are ‘absolutely no flights’ left with seats filling up fast.

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Audrey, whose father passed away yesterday, has had to move the funeral back to Saturday but is still struggling to find a route. 

“We are trying to do everything we can.

“My mum is beside herself, he has just passed away so obviously she really needs us there.”

The brother and sister were supposed to catch the 11:10 British Airway flight from London Gatwick to Alicante this morning.

Audrey and her brother need to get to Calp before their father’s funeral on Saturday

“We were on the way to the airport when we found out it was cancelled.”

Audrey said the airline had ‘poorly handled’ her sensitive case. 

“I was on the phone for over an hour but they told me they could only fly us to Manchester, then to Madrid and then to Alicante, but even then they couldn’t get us a place on all three flights.

“We are looking at the Eurostar but driving in our current states of mind would be a nightmare.

“We just want a flight, if anyone can help us please let us know we just need to get there.”


It comes as police are STILL trying to find the culprits behind the flying menaces which have kept Gatwick closed for the entire day. 

British prime minister Theresa May’s spokesman has called the debacle ‘irresponsible and completely unacceptable’.

He added: “These drones have been flown illegally and the law couldn’t be clearer that those found endangering aircraft could face up to five years in jail.

“We are in close contact with Gatwick Airport as they work with police to safely resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”

Meanwhile helicopters have been seen circling the airport while extra staff have been called in to Gatwick to help look after thousands of stranded passengers. 

Can you help Audrey get to Spain? Have you been affected by the cancellations? Email newsdesk@theolivepress.es

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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