A “stressed out” family of six from Manchester is stuck in Turkey due to the UK air traffic control failure that caused disruption on August 28, over the bank holiday weekend.

Shamila Kauser, 40, from Rochdale, flew to Antalya in Turkey with her husband, four children, her brother and his family, but stayed out for five days longer than expected, forking out a massive £3,500 to fly back home, reports the PA news agency.

Ms Kauser said booking one flight home was “impossible” and she spent the money with a different travel provider than her original one in an attempt to arrange the next available flight home.

She said: “On The Beach [travel provider], had to book me with another airline because easyJet had no seats until September 8. I’ve got to go to work and the kids have to go to school, so I don’t have time to be waiting that long.”

Ms Kauser, who works in catering, said her family originally flew from Manchester Airport to Turkey but will now return home to a different airport further away – Leeds Bradford Airport. The family explained this would take longer to reach home and unfortunately cost more in travel expenses.

Ms Kauser added: “It’s another stress that I’ll have to deal with at 4am in the morning.”

Ms Kauser also went on holiday with her brother, Imran Ahmed, and his family, who were forced to stay in Turkey until Saturday after their flight was also cancelled an hour before they were due to return to England.

Mr Ahmed, 46, from Rochdale, travelled with his wife Nazia and his two daughters, Zahra, 12, and Amira, eight, and they were due to fly home on Monday, but felt they were left “totally in the dark” after their unexpected cancellation.

Despite their cancelled flight, Mr Ahmed remains positive about the situation. He considers himself lucky and found flights with easyJet without having to pay extra.

He said: “We’re trying to forget what’s happened.”

He added: “There’s no point stressing about it because we’re here now and we might as well enjoy the days we have in the sun.”

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