Children’s Lapland Santa trip begins with seven hour wait at airport

Children ready to fly off on magical Christmas holidays to Lapland have seen their festive dreams left in tatters by a seven-hour flight delay.

Family with young children began arriving as early as 3.30pm on Sunday to Bristol Airport in anticipation of a 6.20am flight to Kittilä in Lapland, Finland.

The scheduled departure time came and went however, with parents left increasingly angry and frustrated as the flight kept being pushed back, The Bristol Post reported.

Exhausted children and irritated parents were finally allowed to board, with the plane leaving at 12.55pm – close to seven hours after it was due to depart.

One 38-year-old mum from Llantrisant, near Cardiff, was faced with more than nine hours at the airport with her two children, aged eight and 10.

She spoke of how she had paid more than £3,500 for the three-night trip.

She said: "As a result of the delay we have missed a day of our holiday.

"Many people on the flight had excursions booked they have now missed – we will only have two full days there now.

"It has been so frustrating, with happy and excited children who are now tired and miserable after being in an airport since 3.30am."

A number of other passengers have also voiced their frustrations online saying the delays were a ‘recipe for disaster’ leading to ‘many disappointed children’.

Delays were reportedly due to a part for the plane having to be transported from Gatwick, although this has not been confirmed by the airline.

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