Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020

Brits returning from Gibraltar must isolate as easyJet took them to Spain after a flight delay

SCORES of Brits returning from Gibraltar must isolate for 14 days as easyJet took them to Spain after a flight delay.

Fuming passengers coming back from the Rock would have avoided quarantine because the overseas Brit territory is on the UK’s virus safe list.

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But their flight to Gatwick was rescheduled on Monday due to poor weather, so they needed overnight accommodation.

All rooms on the tiny Med getaway were full, so they had to accept easyJet’s offer to find a hotel or sleep rough.

And the budget airline bussed 80 helpless Brits across the border to run-down Cadiz in virus hotspot Spain.

That triggered the two-week quarantine when they returned home yesterday. Passenger Charlie Markham, 22, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, said:

“EasyJet bussed everyone over to Spain for the night and now they’re going to be mixing with people on the flight back who were safe in Gibraltar.”

There were just 31 active cases of coronavirus on the Rock at the end of last week.

Spain, which recorded 8,000 new infections on Friday alone, was removed from the UK’s safe travel corridor list last month.



Basil Pru, of Surrey, was among those taken to Cadiz and said: “We hear a few are going to keep it hush-hush because they don’t want to isolate.”

An easyJet spokesman said: “We tried to provide as many hotel rooms in Gibraltar as possible.

“However, due to a shortage it was not possible to provide these for all customers. We offered accommodation in Spain for those who wanted it.”

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