A bachelorette party stranded due to Amsterdam airport chaos has ventured on a 230-mile adventure – while ensuring the content of a wedding speech for all.
Alex Sisan, 29, took 13 of his friends to the Dutch capital on Thursday and spent two days drinking and sightseeing.
The boys were due to fly home to Gatwick Airport on Saturday and even arrived at Schiphol Airport five hours ahead of schedule.
But her easyJet flight was canceled at the last minute, forcing her to find other ways to get back to Worthing, West Sussex.
They decided to take a train to Calais, France, and then hop on a ferry to Dorset, reports The Mirror.
Along the way, the boys discovered that health and safety regulations state that people are not allowed to board the ferry on foot, but cyclists are.
Luckily, the group made stops in Brussels, Belgium, and Lille, France, so in the few hours they had in each city, they frantically scouted for bikes to buy.
They bartered with thrift stores and scoured Facebook Marketplace for bargains.
All but one of them managed to get a bike by the end of their stopover in Lille, but in keeping with the theme of the trip, the friends faced another challenge.
They discovered that the train that took them to Calais only allowed foldable bicycles.
So the friends had to quickly find a taxi that would take them to their ferry – for 350 euros per car.
Miraculously the boys arrived with an hour to spare and managed to build their boat.
The 14th boy, who had failed to get a bike, convinced a friendly couple to let him sit in their car to cross the English Channel.
The entire group made it back to the UK on Sunday morning, albeit exhausted.
Alex said: “Looking back the experience was so stressful and like something out of a movie or a Top Gear challenge.
“But it was so much fun and a brilliant story that I will tell at the wedding and hopefully my kids will too – and then their kids!”
EasyJet apologized and said it intended to reimburse them for “all reasonable expenses”.
It comes as chaos has plagued airports and airlines across the UK in recent weeks as staff levels have not been able to keep up with the surge in travellers.
Of 10,662 flights scheduled for the anniversary weekend, 305 of them were canceled – affecting thousands of passengers, according to aeronautical data company Cirium data (via BBC).
Realistically, the disruption will continue for a while before things pick up again.
Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy told Travel Weekly on May 31: “This is as bad as it’s going to get, I think things are going to get better from here.
“All the companies I know are working on hiring people, so it’s getting better.”
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/10/easyjet-brits-stranded-on-amsterdam-stag-buy-bikes-to-get-home-16807120/ EasyJet: Brits stranded on Amsterdam bachelor party buy bikes to get home