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Bulgaria Air sends extra planes to rescue Bulgarians stuck in London

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Tue, Dec 21 2010 2918 Views
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National carrier Bulgaria Air will sent an extra flight to London on December 21 2010 to return dozens of Bulgarians stuck in the English capital. One such flight was already sent on the evening of December 20. 

A group of 40 Bulgarians have been stranded at Heathrow Airport in London for the past three days and forced to sleep on the terminal floor, media reports said on December 20, a group which eventually grew to about 100.

The extra flight will depart the UK for Sofia from Luton airport and not Heathrow, Dnevnik daily reported. The plane will take all passengers who have been stuck in London. Priority, however, will be given to those who have "waited the longest", the report said.

Transport chaos caused by the snow in the UK has affected thousands of people, but this group of Bulgarians say that they have been "abandoned' by their carrier Bulgaria Air,  bTV reported the previous day. Stoil Ivanov, who has been at the terminal since December 17,  said that no Bulgaria Air representative had ever offered them an explanation.

But the carried has acted in the midst of the growing crisis. The first such emergency flight was set up on the evening of December 20 when a group of Bulgarians were returned home.

Traffic chaos and more disrupted flights are expected as more cold weather is forecast to descend on the UK, according to the Met Office.

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