Romanian PM held up for 14 hours at Lisbon airport
It’s not just low-cost air travellers who suffer horrendous airport delays. The prime minister of Romania was held up for more than 14 hours in Lisbon last week, trying to get a flight home to Bucharest.
Viorica Dancila had been on an official visit to Portugal where she met with Portuguese premier António Costa and other dignitaries as well as business leaders.
Her TAP flight home should have left Lisbon just before 3pm on Thursday, but due to bad weather over Europe, the plane she and her committee were scheduled to travel on hadn’t even arrived – so arrangements were made to ‘take another plane’ (the old joke behind the meaning for initials TAP…) at 10 minutes to midnight.
Unfortunately, that TAP flight was ‘cancelled at the last moment’ because the captain suffered “a sudden illness”, writes Correio da Manhã.
Thus Romania’s leading politician was left literally high and dry in the middle of the night with no flight in sight.
It was at this point that Viorica Dancila’s lot changed in relation to habitual flyers – low- or any other cost. Interior ministry top brass called in the Air Force, and a Falcon jet was scrambled.
PM Dancila and her team were finally airlifted out of Portugal at 20 past four in the morning.
Photo: Before the difficulties, PM Dancila, Romania’s first woman premier, poses for photographs with Portugal’s minister for Agriculture Luís Capoulas Santos