BRIT holidaymakers enjoying a week away in Benidorm have been left STRANDED after their Ryanair flight home was cancelled at the last minute.
Valerie Smith, 57, from Middlesborough, and 13 pals were on holiday in the popular beach resort and were due to travel home last Tuesday.
Instead, to their horror they received a text the night before informing them that their flight home was cancelled.
Now, four days on, Valerie and two other pals are STILL stuck in the resort, fast running out of food, cash and medication.
Whilst some of the group managed to book on a return flight home for later in the week, the remaining members accidentally pressed a button that accepted Ryanair's offer of a refund.
Now Valerie, Jan Lyke, 59 and Irene Wake, 63 are facing a weekend stranded.
Worried Valerie said: "We are absolutely past ourselves.
"We can't get through to Ryanair and that put us into panic mode.
"We have no money – we've had to get in touch with family and friends who had to send some over.
"It's costing us £1,000 in food, transfers, lost wages and accommodation.
"We got £58 each back.
The friends are waiting in a hotel room until their flight to Edinburgh on Monday.
A Ryanair spokeswoman said: "Due to an unjustified French ATC strike, we regret we were forced to cancel a number of flights on Tuesday October 10, along with other airlines operating to/from/over France.
"We apologised to all affected customers, who were contacted by email and text message and advised of their options: a full refund, free rebooking on to the next available flight or free transfer onto an alternative flight.
"The customer in this case opted for a full refund which has been processed."
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