BRITISH holidaymakers stuck in Hurghada after the British government warned against "all but essential travel" are waiting on emergency planes to fly them home.
Travellers have spoken of chaos at the local airport as passengers were left stranded following plane cancellations.
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EasyJet customers claim they were told to turn up to the airport as soon as possible and that planes were on a first come, first served basis – but when they arrived, there were no easyJet staff available.
John Helfgott, 62, was on a diving holiday with a friend in the Red Sea resort and due to go home tomorrow.
But following the announcement by the British government yesterday advising Brits not to travel anywhere outside the UK for at least 30 days, he received a text from easyJet telling him to get to the airport as soon as possible.
He told Sun Online Travel: "We were notified out of the blue by our tour operator that they were curtailing the trip, then last night we were sent a message by easyJet telling us that they were cancelling our flights on the 19th.
"They said that they were sending out rescue flights on a first come, first served basis and that we should get to the airport as early as possible."
John and his friend made their way to the airport the following morning along with hundreds of Brits who had received the same message – but when they arrived, there were no easyJet staff to be seen.
He said: "We arrived at the airport with around 300 or 400 other people and there was no representation from easyJet at all – no communication whatsoever.
"Apparently their phones aren't working, even our tour operator can't get hold of them."
After waiting for hours at the airport, John was told by an airport official that there were no flights back to the UK and they should go home for the day.
He was given a number for the airport to call the following day to check about flights, then returned back to the boat that he had been staying on for the past fortnight.
He said: "Fortunately, I still have another day on my boat and so we’ve been brought back to the marina but other people were saying their hotels have closed. It’s a nightmare.
"The only airlines flying to the UK are either TUI or easyJet, and TUI seem to be organising things as there were reps bussing people in, but easyjet were nowhere to be seen."
He continued: "We can’t leave Hurghada to go to Cairo and get a flight back to London because Hurghada is in lockdown."
John and fellow easyJet passengers have since been told by the airline that rescue flights are being scheduled, although they have no idea exactly how long they will have to wait.
EasyJet told Sun Online Travel: "We are currently working on a rescue flight programme for Egypt for the coming days which we will publish as soon as we can."
Last week, Brits stranded in Italy were told they had to travel to Switzerland if they wanted to get home, which meant epic road or rail journeys for many and travelling through northern Italy.
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