By Tara Rippin • 16 March 2020 • 8:51
STRANDED: 40 pensioners in limbo as flights cancelled.
A GROUP of 40 elderly holidaymakers, some with health issues, are reportedly stranded in Alicante.
They had travelled to Benidorm with Imerso, but what should have been a relaxing break soon turned into a nightmare, according to Diario de Avisos.
All 40 of the pensioners had planned to return to Tenerife at the weekend, but the Spanish Government’s announcement that the country is in a ‘state of alarm’ and fears for public safety saw their flight cancelled.
They have provisionally been offered an alternative flight on Wednesday (depending on airlines), and will spend tonight in a hotel in Alicante, but from tomorrow they are on their own – causing anguish and panic attacks, the Spanish newspaper reports.
Some have health problems and need medication while others apparently don’t have the funds to find accommodation.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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