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Weary passengers touch down in Cardiff.

Tired holidaymakers touched down in Cardiff Airport more than 24 HOURS late - forcing many to miss work and cancel other arrangements. The 140 passengers on bmibaby flight WW2968 from Murcia, Spain, were delayed by 24 hours and 25 minutes, causing a headache for frustrated passengers.

Quizmaster Andy Bruce, 44, was due to host the weekly quiz night at the Village Hotel in Coryton, on Sunday but had to cancel it when he realised his plane would not be taking off on time.

Mr Bruce, of Barry, said: "It was a nightmare. We arrived at the airport in plenty of time, checked our bags in and were queuing to get on the plane.

"They told us the plane was broken and we had to wait for it to be fixed but they didn't tell us how long it would be. I thought I might still be able to make the quiz, but as time got on I realised I had to cancel."

Mr Bruce, who also works as a DJ, had taken his two sons Nick, 14, and Dan, 11, to the village of Cehegin, in southern Spain, to visit friends for a week, but they had an unwelcome extension to their holiday - less than a month after a group of holidaymakers heading for Turkey were delayed for 24 hours in Cardiff Airport.

The dad said: "There were no announcements in the airport and nobody knew what was going on."

Once it became clear that the flight would not take off on Sunday, the Cardiff passengers were taken to a hotel for the night.

Mr Bruce added: "We even had to pay 10 euro for a taxi from the hotel to the airport."

Nobody from the airline was available for comment today.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 28, 2007
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