KORFU / Without food and drink, without air conditioning – 200 Slovaks, including small children, stayed like this last night at the airport on the Greek island of Corfu. The plane they were supposed to take off had problems. And that was the only information the holidaymakers got for hours. After an eternity spent in the seats of the airport hall, inflatables or on the ground, they turned to JOJ television for help. “Everything closed at midnight. We got three-quarters of a liter of water, one baguette. The children slept on inflatables, without air conditioning, like beauty,” Slovak Patrik described what was happening at the airport in Corfu. “We have a 2 and a half year old child, so it was a luxury to sleep there in 30 degrees,” said Veronika. The mother of her 1.5-year-old daughter experienced horror after hospitalization when she lost her medication, which had to be stored in the refrigerator. “You don’t have a refrigerator at the airport, so we agreed somewhere in the store at night and disappeared at 3 in the morning and I was looking for them,” said my mother. No one would want to extend such a holiday by almost one day. In addition, without any information on whether and how someone solves their situation. As it turned out, the plane could not take off because it had sucked into both engines of birds during previous flights. “In order to be released to service, it is necessary for Corfu to be inspected by a specialized team with specialized tools, which is unfortunately not located on this island,” explained Martin Štulajter, CEO of Airexplore, sro The company sent a private aircraft to Corfu from Czech Republic. But the truth is that checking or eliminating this problem can take several hours or days. The solution of the whole situation was complicated by other factors, which was confirmed by one of the travel agencies, whose clients had to spend the night in the airport hall in Corfu. “In this situation, when the season is practically full, it is simply not possible to get a replacement aircraft,” said Turancar. “Currently, with great delays, we have found some companies in Greece and Spain that fly for us,” said Stulajter. More favorable information did not start to come until the afternoon. People had a hot lunch and learned that they had managed to find a plane to fly to Slovakia. Right now, they should be sitting on his deck. “First of all, I would like to apologize to everyone,” said Stulajter.
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