More than 800 passengers travelling with Med-View airline of Nigeria have not been able to leave the UK since December 22. Many of them have felt being “abandoned” by the airline over the festive period and that some had missed Christmas with their families. Med-View airline was forced to ground flights due to “ongoing technical problems”, Gatwick confirmed on Thursday. The airport has apologised on behalf of the airline. Flights are not expected to run as scheduled on Friday.
A Gatwick spokeswoman said: “Due to a lack of available aircraft, a significant number of Med-View passengers have not flown out, from Gatwick, as expected since Friday December 22. The vast majority of these passengers have left the airport to make alternative travel plans, with the number of Med-View passengers currently at the airport in single figures. “We sympathise with affected passengers and share their disappointment with the delays experienced by Med-View during the last few days. Passengers have been provided, by Gatwick, with vouchers for food and water during their time at the airport and hotel accommodation on Wednesday December 27,” she added.