Rangers fans’ anger over Sevilla plane plummets as Celtic supporters’ travel agent leaves red-faced


A travel agent who bragged about securing the last planes to Seville has been left red-faced after football fans recounted how they flew to the wrong airport.

The £950 return flights from Glasgow to Seville for the European Cup final weren’t quite as Celtic fan and travel boss Conor Campbell, 23, had promised.

One of the flights had transferred to Prestwick and both planes arrived at Jerez, 40 miles and an hour away.

Fans had to scramble to get to Sevilla before kick-off and then had to shell out for taxis to bring them back after the game.

Twelve people did not return in time and had to pay for further flights.

A Rangers fan said: “From start to finish it was a joke.”

Another supporter, businessman Alex Coles, said: “After the game it was a mad rush to get out of the stadium and find a taxi. After an hour of hunting we found a driver who was ready to take us take it to Jerez but it would be 370 euros we just had to pay that.

Supporter William Fletcher said: “Conor Campbell did not provide the advertised service.”

Others said they were considering legal action to obtain reimbursement for additional expenses.

Campbell, from Airdrie, who runs his own travel company called Conor Campbell Travel, issued a public apology yesterday and said he had been dropped at the last minute by the charter company.

He promised to reimburse each traveler for any additional costs.

Travel Agent Conor Campbell of Conor Campbell Travel.

Campbell, who has previously spoken of being a Celtic fan organizing the trip for Rangers supporters, said: “We have secured two planes and received confirmation that these flights will land in Sevilla late on Sunday 15th.

“We were then left in limbo, like other travel companies, as we waited for confirmed flight times to share with our customers.

“On Tuesday 17, less than 24 hours from the departure of our customers, the rental company informed us that our landing slots had been canceled and that the only alternatives they could offer were Faro, Malaga or Jerez.

“We originally provided coach transfers for all customers booked to travel to and from Seville airport and were one of the only companies to do so, the main reason being that we wanted to ensure that all of our customers had safe passage to and from the airports as it must have been extremely busy.

“We only accepted the change of airport to Jerez after finding other transfers for our customers, at a significantly higher cost. The supplier we booked them with then canceled them with less notice eight hours.

“We would not have accepted the change of airport if we knew that we could not provide transfers for our customers.

“Of the 289 passengers we sent to Seville, 12 did not catch their return flight. So far, we know of four in particular and have agreed to pay their return costs.

The two private charter flights had been marketed as a direct flight from Glasgow to Seville and were due to arrive there at 11.20am on match day.

Angry fans also say there were no transfers from Jerez to Sevilla after the game, apart from a coach set up by Campbell for just 50 fans at a cost of £75 each.

Those unable to pay or secure a seat say they have been forced to share taxis back to Jerez at a cost of over £300 per taxi.

Campbell said the £75 coach hire transfer was only offered as a last resort and was the cheapest he could find.

He added: “Despite our best efforts, we have been extremely disappointed with our partners who are normally very reliable.

“We pride ourselves on providing a high standard of personalized service at all times.”

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