Hundreds of Rangers fans stranded at Glasgow airport for 10 hours due to charter flight issues


NEARLY 200 Rangers fans seeking to travel to Spain for the Europa League final were stranded at Glasgow Airport for 10 hours today.

Light Blues fans were due to fly to Jerez airport, around 100km south of Seville, at 10.30am.


Nearly 200 fans are stranded at Glasgow Airport
The charter flight was supposed to leave this morning


The charter flight was supposed to leave this morningCredit: Alamy

But 189 fans were still stranded at Glasgow Airport around 8.30pm tonight as they waited nervously in the terminal.

The flight was chartered by Czech airline Smartwings and supporters paid just under £1,000 each for a return flight.

Rangers fan Craig Adamson, 41, had traveled to the airport with his brother David, 48, and nephew Ross, 21, and the trio had booked a hotel near Jerez airport.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun tonight, Craig, a bricklayer from Motherwell, said: ‘We’ve been here since 7am this morning. It’s a nightmare.

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“We heard that there had been a technical problem. It took them about four hours to tell us. Before that, there were only delays.

“Everyone was jovial and signing, then the delays started. Lack of information is bad and we fear we will get there after spending almost £1,000 each.”

The flight has since been diverted to Malaga, leaving travel arrangements in abeyance.

There is no direct train link between Malaga and Jerez and many fans have been drinking at the airport, leaving car hire out of the question for some fans.

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Craig said: ‘We are planning to stay at a hotel near Jerez airport and then catch a train to Seville.

“We may not get to Malaga until morning and it will take longer to get from Malaga to Sevilla.

“There’s no guarantee they’ll take us to Jerez. Unbelievable.”

A Glasgow Airport spokesman said there was a problem with the flight and another plane had been dispatched.

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Smartwings has been contacted for comment.

Rangers take on Eintracht Frankfurt at the Roman Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium at 8pm tomorrow.

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