Dozens of holidaymakers who were due to fly to Salou yesterday afternoon finally departed Cork airport this evening after two flights were rescheduled in the past 36 hours.
Holidaymakers were left stranded in Cork after two flights due to depart Cork Airport for Salou were cancelled in the past two days.
The original TUI flight, due to depart Cork at 2.15pm yesterday was cancelled with TUI citing technical difficulties.
Passengers were put up in hotels across Cork overnight and the flight was rescheduled for 6.40am this morning but that too was cancelled.
Frustrated passengers eventually took to the air at around 7.20pm this evening.
Speaking to Virgin Media News this morning, passengers aired their frustration at the delays to their holiday.
“How can they put a man on the moon and communicate with him but TUI can’t tell us what’s going on with our holiday?” asked one woman impacted by the cancellations.
Another said that it was to be her sons first holiday abroad.
“It’s a pretty crap start to it now to be honest,” she added.
“We’re stuck here in Cork - I didn’t plan on spending two days in Cork out of my seven day trip which I saved so hard for,” said another would-be holidaymaker.
“I booked it in January and paid €1,600 for two people.”
While the passengers were provided with hotel rooms across Cork, their bags were left at the airport awaiting departure.
One boy told the news channel that all he had with him was shorts and t-shirts to wear.
“I don’t have any jumpers or pants to wear and it’s very cold in Cork,” he said.
Another woman who travelled from Kerry with her family to catch the flight said they had been saving for years for the holiday.
“This was to be our week away but there’s two days gone now.”
A spokesperson for TUI said the airline would like to apologise to customers affected.
"The flight has been delayed due to a technical issue with the aircraft originally planned to operate the flight," she explained.
"An alternative aircraft has been sourced from within the TUI Airways fleet to operate the flight at the earliest opportunity.
"Customers have been provided with full board hotel accommodation," she added.
"We understand how frustrating a flight delay can be and would like to thank them for their patience whilst we do everything we can to minimise the disruption.”