Up to 1,000 Overseas Filipino Workers are stranded in Hong Kong after a travel agency’s ticketing blunder.
Tickets bought through Peya Travel couldn’t be guaranteed, meaning customers turned up at the airport only to discover they couldn’t travel.
Now airlines are rallying around he victims to help bring them home for Christmas.
Cathay Pacific said it stands ready to help customers and is offering distress fares to those affected.
Philippine Airlines said it is adding hundreds more seats to its flights.
“Our hearts go out to our stranded countrymen. We hope this gesture will serve as a means to help a number of them come home to the Philippines in time for Christmas,” Philippine Airlines Chief Operating Officer, Jaime J. Bautista said.
The Philippine consulate said it is coordinating with the police to straighten this thing out.
“The consulate expects Peya Travel to take responsibility for this unfortunate incident and take all possible and necessary steps to settle this matter to the satisfaction of the aggrieved parties,” the Philippine consulate in Hong Kong stated.
Peya Travel blamed a technical glitch for the chaos.
And despite claims that customers has been rebook unto other flights, there is no evidence of that.