'Fights break out' as tourists are crushed together at Rhodes airport

'Fights break out' as tourists are crushed together at Rhodes airport

Rhodes to HELL: ‘Fights break out’ as ‘thousands’ of tourists are crushed together at Greek airport after ‘FIVE flights are announced for departure at same time’

  • Angry travellers complain of lack of staff on hand to limit huge queues at airport
  • Shocking images show extent of disruption, with social distancing impossible
  • One said: ‘No one knows where they are going or what they are supposed to do’ 

Huge crowds of tourists were crushed together at Rhodes airport today as passengers described scenes of ‘chaos’ as they tried to leave the Greek island.

Reports on social media suggested fights broke out as angry travellers complained of a lack of staff on hand to limit huge queues, where social distancing was impossible to achieve. 

Witnesses said the crowds were stuck in sweltering heat with no windows or air conditioning for several hours, where tensions are said to have quickly boiled over. 

One flier claimed the disruption was sparked after five different flights were announced for departure at the same time. 

Huge crowds of tourists were crushed together at Rhodes airport today as passengers described scenes of ‘chaos’ as they tried to leave the Greek island

Reports on social media suggested fights broke out as angry travellers complained of a lack of staff on hand to limit huge queues, where social distancing was impossible to achieve

One flier claimed the disruption was sparked after five different flights were announced for departure at the same time

Lauren Rammell, from British girl group Four of Diamonds, appeared to have been caught up in the disruption as she tweeted: ‘I actually have no words for the scenes at Rhodes airport this evening…’

One passenger wrote: ‘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 said: ‘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!’

A third added: ‘Huge queues from start to finish. No social distancing. No control from staff. The airport is too small for the extra flights put on by @TUIUK and @jet2tweets. It’s unsafe and can’t continue.’

A fourth wrote: ‘Right now 10 flights crammed into 1 room for 3 hours, no windows, no air con, kids crying. Is this what it has come too? @MattHancock @BorisJohnson you have some explain to do?’ 

Another added: ‘If someone isn’t injured in the thousands queueing then it will be a miracle.’

Others said: ‘Whoever the hell designed rhodes airport deserves to get fired from any job. I’ve spent near enough 30 mins in the line for passport control and at this rate everyone in the airport is going to miss their flights.’

Images of huge queues with no social distancing quickly circulated on social media today

The vast majority of passengers wore face coverings but were unable to keep a safe distance between each other

While many Greek islands have been on the Government’s quarantine list during the pandemic, passengers have been able to travel to and from Rhodes without needing to quarantine

Holiday firms even increased the number of flights to the popular destination earlier this month as other hotspots such as Turkey and Poland lost their travel corridors with the UK.

While many Greek islands have been on the Government’s quarantine list during the pandemic, passengers have been able to travel to and from Rhodes without needing to quarantine.

Holiday firms even increased the number of flights to the popular destination earlier this month as other hotspots such as Turkey and Poland lost their travel corridors with the UK. 

Travel companies TUI and Jet2 have been approached for comment on what caused the mayhem to unfold. 

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