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Daily Mirror
Nia Dalton

Couple spent holiday 'in tears every day' after Ryanair lose luggage on trip

A couple were left devastated after their dream holiday to Mallorca was ruined by a luggage delay - leaving them without clothes or toiletries for half the trip. Lorna and Desmond Kelly, both 68, booked a much-needed lavish getaway to Spain last July, but spent most of it "in tears every day".

Lorna claims she was forced to wash her underwear in the bathroom sink and spent a total of £600 replacing their belongings over four days - a cost she couldn't afford. She told the Mirror: "It was a disaster of a holiday. We were left with only the clothes on our backs."

The couple's trip was instantly ruined by Ryanair's delayed luggage (Lorna Kelly)

On 18 July, Lorna and Desmond jetted off from Edinburgh to Mallorca airport with Ryanair for a relaxing and rejuvenating break away.

Lorna, who was a full-time carer for her poorly 95-year-old father at the time, had taken some persuading from her sister Elaine, 62, to fly.

"Elaine told me I needed to book a holiday and she'd take over caring for dad. We felt like we really needed some time off," Lorna, from North Lanarkshire, Scotland, explained.

"We were looking forward to 10 days away, but instead as the days passed we got more and more stressed.

"I was in a terrible state and in tears every day. The holiday was utterly wasted."

The pair has spent £628 on Ryanair flights, but quickly discovered the suitcases hadn't arrived in Spain with them.

The hotel, which cost them £2,600, was out of the ordinary expenditure for the couple, and they were so excited to get away.

"We had not had a holiday in so long and we thought it would be worth it - how wrong we were," Lorna said.

When the couple arrived, they went straight to the supermarket to stock up on toiletries, but struggled to find shops selling clothes and underwear.

They spent £600 on their credit card replacing their clothes and toiletries (Lorna Kelly)
Lorna was in tears daily and was forced to wash her underwear in the sink (Lorna Kelly)

"We had to wear the same clothing and didn't have chargers for our phones. My husband didn't have any sandals," Lorna said.

"I had to keep washing the same pants until I found underwear at the market. We didn't have sunglasses, a sunhat and Ryanair weren't providing us with any information."

By the time Lorna's luggage arrived on 22 July, she says the trip was "already ruined" and they struggled to enjoy it.

"Ryanair haven't even apologised. We hadn't flown with them before and will never fly with them again," Lorna said.

"It really has been soul destroying to deal with. I'm still feeling the effects of this holiday months on as we paid for all the replacement belongings on our credit card.

"Ryanair gave us £60 for a damaged suitcase - which we didn't have - to shut down the case."

A spokesperson for Ryanair said: "Ryanair carried 16.8m passengers in July 2022 and leads the industry with fewest misplaced bags.

"This passenger is one of the very few Ryanair passengers whose luggage was temporarily delayed and while they did submit a claim for out of pocket expenses, their claim was not supported with valid receipts.

"A member of our Customer Services team is now liaising with this customer directly to assist with their claim."

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