Hellish return trip from Loire

26th May 2006 at 01:00
A teacher's weekend break in France turned into a nightmare when an airport mix-up meant he had to endure a 30-hour, five-stop return journey.

Andy Parson, 43, was trying to get home to Manchester after three days in Angers in the Loire Valley. His original Aer Arann flight home from Angers was switched to depart from Nantes airport but left without him. He then endured a marathon return trip organised by the airline via Ireland that included two flights, two taxi rides and a three-hour coach transfer.

Mr Parson, a French teacher at St Mary's Catholic high school in Astley, Lancashire, was in Angers as a guest of a school where he takes pupils on exchange programmes.

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