A travel agent has been left red-faced after the ‘last planes’ he secured to take Rangers fans to Seville landed at the wrong airport.
Supporters have paid £950 to book a return trip from Glasgow to the Andalusian city for the Europa League final with Conor Campbell Travel.
But the Sunday mail reports, that a flight was transferred to Prestwick and the two ended up landing 40 miles from Seville in Jerez.
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This left fans scrambling to get to the game before kick-off and counting the cost of taxis to take them back to the airport an hour away for the return trip.
Twelve people did not return in time to catch the flight and had to make other arrangements.
A Rangers fan said: “From start to finish it was a joke.”
Another supporter, businessman Alex Coles, said: “After the game it was a mad rush to get out of the stadium and find a taxi. After an hour of searching we found a driver who was ready to pick us up. take it to Jerez, but it would be 370 euros. We just had to pay that.”
Supporter William Fletcher said: “Conor Campbell did not deliver the service he advertised.”
Others said they were considering legal action to obtain reimbursement for additional expenses.
Campbell, 23, from Airdrie, who runs his own travel company called Conor Campbell Travel, issued a public apology yesterday and said he had been dropped at the last minute by the charter company.
He promised to reimburse each traveler for any additional costs.
Campbell, who has previously spoken of being a Celtic fan organizing the trip for Rangers supporters, said: “We have secured two planes and received confirmation that these flights will land in Sevilla late on Sunday the 15th.
“We were then left in limbo, like other travel companies, as we waited for confirmed flight times to share with our customers.
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“On Tuesday the 17th, less than 24 hours from our customers’ departure, the rental company informed us that our landing slots had been canceled and that the only alternatives they could offer were Faro, Malaga or Jerez.
“We originally provided coach transfers for all customers booked to travel to and from Seville airport and were one of the only companies to do so, the main reason being that we wanted to ensure that all of our customers had safe passage to and from the airports as it must have been extremely busy.
“We only accepted the change of airport to Jerez after finding other transfers for our customers, at a significantly higher cost. The supplier we had booked them with then canceled them with less notice. eight hours.
“We would not have accepted the change of airport if we knew that we could not provide transfers for our customers.
“Of the 289 passengers we sent to Seville, 12 did not board their return flight. So far, we know of four in particular and have agreed to pay their return costs.”
The two private charter flights had been marketed as a direct flight from Glasgow to Seville and were due to arrive there at 11.20am on match day.
Angry fans also say there were no transfers from Jerez to Sevilla after the game, apart from a coach set up by Campbell for just 50 fans at a cost of £75 each.
Those unable to pay or secure a seat say they have been forced to share taxis back to Jerez at a cost of over £300 per taxi.
Campbell said the £75 coach hire transfer was only offered as a last resort and was the cheapest he could find.
He added: “Despite our best efforts, we have been extremely disappointed with our partners who are normally very reliable.
“We pride ourselves on providing a high standard of personalized service at all times.”