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Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 3:15 am

No beaches at Rodez. And less sun than in the Greek island ...

3 Norwegians tourists made a big mistake when they made the reservations for their holidays to the Island of Rhodos, in Greece.

Thinking hey were booking their flight to Rhodos on Ryannair website, they actually booked a flight Rodez, in the deep French South West countryside ...

Those 3 tourists from Torp-Sandefjord took a flight from Oslo to London, and from London to ...Rodez.

They realized their mistake after landing, when the landscape outside the Airport didn't look very "Greek" ...

Hope they took the opportunity to visit this beautiful region of the South of France ...
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 5:44 am

Hahaha, very funny! I would take Southern France in an instant, i'm sure they were happy in the end though.


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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:28 am

If Southern France is good enough for Mr Bean, it should be good enough for those Norwegians!!!

[Edited 2007-09-07 23:28:45]
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:32 am

Quoting FlySSC (Thread starter):
3 Norwegians tourists made a big mistake when they made the reservations for their holidays to the Island of Rhodos, in Greece.

Thinking hey were booking their flight to Rhodos on Ryannair website, they actually booked a flight Rodez, in the deep French South West countryside ...

LOL.....Im sure they made the best of it and will look back and laugh
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:32 am

Something similar happened to an elderly couple years ago. They thought they were being booked on a trip to Durango, Colorado...only to find themselves in Durango, Mexico. I have also heard of people booking a flight to Sydney, Australia, and ending up in Sidney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

On a related note, in the days before computerized bag stickets (with a bar code), I noticed a gAAte agent about to send my bags to Hartford, CT (BDL), instead of Bakersfield, CA (BFL). Only because I knew the codes was I able to point it out and get it fixed. She was very sweet about it...and my bags did make it home with me!
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:41 am

funny guys!

here two inputs from my side:

one Pakistani came inbound from LHE to FRA and will connect to GRO (Girona, near Barcelona). His travel agent booked this intinery and it said (I saw it with my own eyes): LAHORE - FRANKFURT - GIRONA/BARCELONA. The problem was that there was no flight from FRA to GRO, the flight he supposed to fly was FR from HHN to GRO and the distance between FRA and HHN is 150km Big grin Big grin Big grin


second story:

a German tourist wants to make a last minute one-week holiday trip to Palma de Mallorca. He came to Frankfurt airport and took an offer of a last-minute travel agency. Then he proceeded directly to the check-in and got his boarding pass. Later on he asked me at the gate "is this plane going to 'Malle?'" I answered 'yes sir', so he boarded the plane. The next day we got a message from MLE ops that Mr.X did board the wrong plane and that his intention wasn't to fly to MLE. We were all confused! But then we finally realized Mr. X wanted to spend his holiday in Mallorca. The colloquial speech for Mallorca in German is "Malle" and this sound like "Male" - the island somewhere in the Pacific ocean. Stupid guy we thought Big grin
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:42 am

Rhodes, Rodez - you know what's happened, don't you? "lol buk tiktz 2 rodez kthx" :P
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (Franc

Sat Sep 08, 2007 7:34 am

Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 5):
Mr. X wanted to spend his holiday in Mallorca. The colloquial speech for Mallorca in German is "Malle" and this sound like "Male" - the island somewhere in the Pacific ocean.

Actually Male is the capitol of the Maldives and its about 2340 times nicer than Mallorca. It's also in the Indian Ocean, not the Pacific. I'd taken that flight anytime

[Edited 2007-09-08 00:34:57]
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 7:35 am

Then there was the guy in LA who thought he was headed to OAK and ended up in AKL (early 1980's). I'm sure he wondered why his flight was taking ~14 hours  Wink
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 3:23 pm

Quoting Bjornstrom (Reply 7):
It's also in the Indian Ocean, not the Pacific. I'd taken that flight anytime

oh I'm sorry, you're totally right! I meant Indian Ocean, but for any reason I wrote down Pacific... It is a very nice place where you can spend a good with diving and so on, but no 'Ballermann' like bars for our stupid pax  Wink Big grin
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 5:12 pm

My best story for this one - I was best man at a wedding five years ago. One of the groom's brothers was flying to YYZ from BWI. Now it did raise my eyebrows a little bit because I wasn't aware of any direct flights between those airports. But who knows, maybe he was on a connecting flight.

Two days before the wedding I was supposed to pick him up from the airport. But there was a small problem. He told his brother (who doesn't know all that much about airlines) that he was arriving on WN. But as we all know very well, WN doesn't fly outside of the continental USA! This is when the alarm bells in my head started ringing.

Where did he end up going? Ontario, CA. Yes, that's right. Ontario, California. He just saw Ontario, CA and assumed that it was correct because that is the province Toronto is the capital of.

WN was kind enough to fly him back to BWI free of charge. He arrived on the bus the next day with a very embarassed look  Smile
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 5:20 pm

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 4):
I have also heard of people booking a flight to Sydney, Australia, and ending up in Sidney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Last January, there was a German guy who booked himself on a flight to Sidney-Richland Municipal Airport in Montana, instead of Sydney, Austrlia.

http://travelcommons.com/?p=70

I've also heard of people that wanted to fly from Germany to London, who wondered why they had to change planes in JNB - they were booked to East London, South Africa,
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 5:35 pm

When I was working the Swissair transit desk in Geneva, I had to deal every week with countless of seamen coming from all over the world (MNL and IST in particular) thinking they had landed in Genova, Italy, ready to board their ship...

It also happened later on when I worked for easyJet Switzerland as cabin crew, with an old Italian couple getting worried that our announcements were only In French and English for their flight to "Genova".
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (Franc

Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:21 pm

Quoting Aswissinmad (Reply 12):
When I was working the Swissair transit desk in Geneva, I had to deal every week with countless of seamen coming from all over the world (MNL and IST in particular) thinking they had landed in Genova, Italy,

I'd imagine that in Italy, Monaco will be a source of confusion as well. People that want a flight to the small kingdom in southern France (albeit not having an airport, though), who will end up in Munich, Germany.
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:51 pm

Well, not only passengers commit mistakes, once a sub-chartered Nordic Airways MD88 operating on behalf of Spanair on a Barcelona-Santiago flight landed in Seville due to a mistake in the flight plan, as is it had been prepared wrongly after confusing SCQ (Santiago) and SVQ (Seville), which are more than 1.000 kilometers away from each other...

Of course, the flight landad in SCQ after correcting the route while flying

http://www.absurddiari.com/s/llegir.php?llegir=llegir&ref=10476 (sorry, Spanish only)

[Edited 2007-09-08 11:53:56]
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:59 pm

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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 11:00 pm

At Air Canada, we sometimes have to deal with people who book YSJ (Saint John, NB) instead of YYT (St. John's, NF).
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sat Sep 08, 2007 11:53 pm

Quoting Emptyarm (Reply 14):
Well, not only passengers commit mistakes, once a sub-chartered Nordic Airways MD88 operating on behalf of Spanair on a Barcelona-Santiago flight landed in Seville due to a mistake in the flight plan, as is it had been prepared wrongly after confusing SCQ (Santiago) and SVQ (Seville), which are more than 1.000 kilometers away from each other...

Of course, the flight landad in SCQ after correcting the route while flying

http://www.absurddiari.com/s/llegir.php?llegir=llegir&ref=10476 (sorry, Spanish only)

[Edited 2007-09-08 11:53:56]

I don't think that this story is true as all flightplans are prepared with the 4-digit-ICAO code and not the 3-digit-IATA code of an airport! In this case SCQ = LEST and SVQ = LEZL. I disbelieve the truth of this story...
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:33 am

Seen two articles on this, although I can't find the links now:

Two people ended up in Genoa instead of Girona after been sent to the wrong aircraft (the two were leaving side by side) - (Think it was on Easyjet) It took them several hours to realize what had happened.

Another was a family booked flights to Orlando from Birmingham, only to turn up at the airport and find out they had booked from Birmingham (Alabama) instead of England after booking on expedia.
 
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:21 am

I remenber a german once went to a travel agent in Madrid and, trying his spanish, booked a flight from MAD to CGN. In spanish, the name of the city is "Co-lo-ni-a"; but the agent issued a ticket to fly to LCG (In spanish, "Co-ru-ni-a"). The man began to suspect something was going badly when with less than an hour of flying, the aircraft started descending. What I don't know is the end of the story

Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 17):
I don't think that this story is true

Completely true. Flight plans are made with the ICAO code, but is the explanation given was the only way to make such a mistake, It was supposed that the flight plan was made by Nordic Airways, knowing the scheduled route was BCN-SCQ and changing the C into a V before turning to ICAO code. The most unbelievable thing is that ATC sould have say something like: "You are cleared to SEVILLE", "contact SEVILLE App" or so in any moment. Anyway, the story is completely true.

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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:37 am

Quoting Joost (Reply 13):
small kingdom in southern France

Joost, that's a principality, not a kingdom!  Smile
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RE: Leaving For Rhodos , They Land In Rodez (France)

Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:24 am

Ha,ha,ha!!!!

Hilarious... it reminds me of the time when I booked a flight to Oakland...and I ended up in Auckland!  Wink