By George Stephens • 24 February 2020 • 9:22
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Flights from Spain’s Gran Canaria have started to operate again after the chaos caused by the weekends sand storm.
Even so though it has left a huge backlog of flights and stranded passengers who are trying to return home after a half term break.
Whilst some passengers have been able to find hotel rooms on the holiday island thousands couldn’t as rooms were soon booked up and have had to revert to sleeping on the airports floor and remain doing so as the airport attempts to clear the backlog of hundreds of cancelled flights totalling 889.
Flights only resumed at 2AM this morning and all are operating again apart from Tenerife South.
The forest fire on the island of Gran Canaria continues to burn but fire chiefs say they have it under control and that it will not progress further and hopefully shortly be extinguished.
The fire is not affecting flights as they re start.
14,213 passengers in total have been affected and are looking for a fast exit from the Canary Islands but with a heavy backlog of passengers it’s going to take sometime whilst passengers will face more gruelling tiring time using the airports as a hotel whilst they await news of a flight home.
Tenerife South airport is expected to re open shortly bringing more relief to the back log of passengers.
Over the weekend strong winds across the islands reached up to 140 MPH although wind speeds whilst still strong are receding allowing flights to depart.
David Hampton from Benalmadena Spain who is trying to get back to Malaga told the Euro Weekly News about being stranded at the airport he said: ” I was due back Saturday morning, I’ve had to spend the weekend with my family within the airport, rooms went quickly and there was nothing we could do apart from camp in the hotel, in fairness the airline and airport staff have been superb doing the best they can to keep everyone watered and fed, you can’t really sleep properly and tiredness has kicked in making a few people irate but nothing serious, we have just had to accept the situation, it’s been a relief though to see flights now starting to go out and hopefully ours will be called sooner than later”
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