Mexicans stuck at Madrid airport for days
The stranded nearly 200 Mexicans in the Madrid-Barajas
airport for several days – some for as long as two weeks – waiting to come back from Spain.
They have air Mexican budget tickets,
issued to employees and their relatives aviation company
, which allows them to travel only if seats become available.
The company says it has advised ticket holders not to fly during peak holiday season.
More than sleeping rough in Barajas,
lacks the money to stay in hotels Madrid.
Bought cheap tickets are not available to the general public.
Mexican Air rejected an appeal from (183) stranded Mexicans to send additional aircraft to pick them up,
according to the Spanish news agency Efe.
It issued called Mexicanas en Madrid Facebook group public appeal for help.
“It would be good to provide them with food and drinks,
damp towels, spare bottles of water and fruit” and said their position, noting that offers temporary accommodation would be welcome as well.
El Pais newspaper said some residents Madrid has offered to put the Mexicans for a few nights.
Spaniard aged 67 years and called Raphael said, “I have a big house and I sympathize with these people. My wife and I decided to come here with an empty car to have to pick up the family or six needy people.”
Mexican Dulce doctor Olveda, 65, El Pais said that there are up to four Mexican Air flights but did not give any of the passengers who were stranded on a bench. “People no longer have the funds in order to stay at the airport,” she said.
Posted many passengers e-mail group to the Mexican consul in Madrid requesting assistance, but embassy sources said they could not solve the “recurring problem with this company [Mexican air].”
However, Bernardo Consul Cordoba Mexicans at one end of the airport that he was in contact with the Mexican air and assess the individual needs of the passengers said.