Ryanair gaffe leaves pregnant mum and family stranded in wrong country

A pregnant mum has been left in floods of tears over her family's "nightmare" trip home from holiday.

Ryanair cancelling a landing and diverting her plane to another country was only the beginning of 24-year-old Tia Watson's traumatic experience over the weekend, NottinghamshireLive reports.

Tia, her partner Martin Beard and their four-year-old daughter were heading to Manchester Airport after catching some winter sun in Fuerteventura when Storm Eunice forced their plane back to the south of France.

Having landed in Bordeaux on Friday the family say they were told the wrong time of their rearranged flight with Ryanair, and woke up the following day to discover they missed the actual departure.

Tia who is 23 weeks pregnant, explained that before they were even booked into a hotel for the night, they had to endure up to three hours of waiting at Bordeaux Airport.

Ms Watson said: "We received a text on Friday night to say 'we apologise for your overnight delay, your new flight time will be 7.40pm on Saturday evening local time'.

"So obviously we went to sleep, had breakfast and said 'we're not going to set an alarm or anything' as we thought the flight was half-seven at night.

"We got to breakfast at the hotel and there was literally no one at the hotel from our flight.

"We thought this was really weird because the flight we were on was full and there were hundreds of people in our hotel.

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"Reception told us that they all got picked up on free coaches this morning.

"We assumed that everyone had been told the correct flight and we're the only ones that had received the error.

"So we were on the phone to Ryanair all day asking what's going on and they said 'don't worry we can see that your flight is still at 7.40pm so just get to the airport normal time and your flight will be there'."

However, when they got to the airport they realised there was no such flight on the departures board.

So they checked with a Ryanair delegate – to then be allegedly told that there was no flight going to England that day.

They were instead told that the flight was at 10am that day and they had missed it.

Speaking on Sunday, Ms Watson continued: "After being on the phone for hours all day, getting to the airport with a four-year-old, I'm pregnant myself and obviously it's very, very stressful.

"Then they said there's a flight today so they want us to lug all of our stuff to the airport again, three hours before the flight, go through check-in and everything, on the off-chance that three people don't show up.

"That's stressful in itself.

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"It's a nightmare. If I don't laugh, I will cry. Yesterday I was just crying all day."

Ms Watson told Nottinghamshire Live that they eventually managed to get back home on late on Sunday, February 20.

The Daily Star has approached Ryanair for comment.

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