Romanian tourists blocked in Lisbon after TAP Portugal annulled flights. PM recalls Romanian consul in Portugal

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35 Romanian tourists are blocked in Lisbon after TAP Portugal airline has annulled two flights to Romania without any explanations, according to information provided by Paralela 45, the travel agency that organized the tourists’ trip. The 35 tourists came from Madeira and were heading to Bucharest through Lisbon.

The tourists, including children, should have returned to Romania on Sunday night after their TAP Portugal flight scheduled for Saturday had been cancelled. A second flight to Bucharest was also cancelled, while tourists were accommodated in a hotel in Lisbon.

“We are about 100 people who should have left Lisbon by TAP Portugal at midnight. In the airport, the standard answer was < We don`t know, yet>. We were taken to the hotel at 01:30 and the next day at 12:00 we had to check out. There were small groups of tourists who have already left by other airlines, with stopovers in other cities,” one of the tourists said.

Although the Romanian Embassy to Portugal said it had the situation under control and maintained contact with the tourists, PM Mihai Tudose on Monday decided to recall Romania’s consul to Portugal, Alina Oana Dociu, for not adequately managing the situation of the tourists blocked in Lisbon.

In its turn, the National Agency of the Travel Agencies (ANAT) retorted it’s discontent with “the unprofessional way that ATP Portugal is treating the problem of the Romanian tourists”.

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