Chaos at crowded Rhodes airport sees ‘fights break out’

Chaos at crowded Rhodes airport sees 'fights break out'
CHAOS: Five flights were called at the same time. CREDIT: @joebyrne1989

Chaos at crowded Rhodes airport sees ‘fights break out’ after five flights were called at the same time.

FURIOUS tourists claim they were stuck in huge queues in hot temperatures, where social distancing was impossible as they tried to leave the Greek island on Saturday night, October 24.

Passengers claim problems began after five flights were announced for departure at the same time, with a lack of staff to inform anybody what was going on only heightening tensions.


One passenger tweeted: “Absolute chaos at #Rhodes airport. Fights and arguments breaking out.

“No one knows where they are going or what they are supposed to do. No staff, no control.”

Another wrote: “Chaos at Rhodes airport, 5 flights leaving in the same 30 minutes & everyone is told to go to gate at same time creating bottle neck in awful heat, no staff or announcements to let ppl know what they were to do or where to go, all flights delayed to terrible service!”

Apologising for the disruption, a TUI spokesperson told The Sun: “We did inform customers in advance that the airport was going to be busy due to the increased volume of flights by a number of airlines, and they were to proceed to passport control as soon as they had checked in.”

The influx of passengers is believed to be due to the fact that while many Greek islands remain on the UK Government’s Covid quarantine list, passengers can travel to and from Rhodes without having to self-isolate on their return.

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