Brussels attacks 5

Ryanair may be a price-fighter, it certainly knows when to charge a hefty amount. A group of British people had arrived in Brussels Tuesday morning and wanted to head straight back home. Under the circumstances, with Brussels in lock-down after terrorist attacks, a not that unreasonable demand.

As Ryanair had flown them in, they hoped it would fly them out. Certainly: but at a cost. As they cut their citytrip short with one day and under Tuesday’s circumnstances, Ryanair told the group they would have to pay £214 per new ticket.

What Ryanair had not bargained on, was the Brits managing to contact  their MP back in the UK, despite the overburdened Belgian telephone and mail networks.  Unfortunately enough, Ryanair was also unaware that the Brits’ MP happened to be Labour’s shadow small business minister Bill Esterson. As any good MP, he raised the issue in the House of Commons straight away.

No bigger contrast between Ryanair and many individuals in Brussels, Leuven and other Belgian towns. A great many Belgians used social media or even went to places were evacuated and stranded people were brought to, l.

These Belgian citizens offered the stranded a bed, if they had nowhere to go. In some cases, their guests may have stayed slightly longer than anticipated, as Zaventhem or Brussels airport will remain close till Saturday though flights are diverted to other airports.

How about that, Ryanair?







About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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