Hundreds Stranded Overnight at Budapest Airport Due to Ground Handling Staff

  • 29 Jun 2022 10:21 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Hundreds Stranded Overnight at Budapest Airport Due to Ground Handling Staff
Some 150-200 passengers arriving in Budapest were compelled to spend the night in the completely empty Liszt Ferenc International Airport on Sunday, because their luggage was not unloaded from the planes that took them to Budapest.

The flights in question arrived late Sunday evening, and the passengers waited in vain for hours at the luggage carrousels.

However, ground handling staff had all left, so there was no one to unload the planes.

Only after the morning shift started work on the following day was the luggage delivered to the baggage reclaim area.

Passengers stranded in the room between the passport control and the glass doors representing the Hungarian border could only get water from the washrooms.

Budapest Airport told news website 24 that eight flights were delayed at the same time on Sunday evening due to disruptions at other airports in Europe. Of those, five arrived in Budapest more than one hour late.

The situation put the ground service staff under heavy pressure and so the flights could not be serviced within the regular time frame.

Ground services for the airline in question are carried out in Budapest by Menzies Aviation Hungary.

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