Flights from the Greek island to the UK have been canceled after severe flooding – but hard-nosed Britons are refusing to back down

HARDY Britons have refused to bow despite heavy rains deluging a Greek holiday island and flights to the UK being cancelled.

Pictures showed visitors in Skiathos continuing to dine in a flooded restaurant despite the water washing over their feet.

Tourists continued to eat at their flooded restaurant on the Greek island of Skiathos


Tourists continued to eat at their flooded restaurant on the Greek island of SkiathosPhoto credit: Reuters

Her staying power abroad came when torrential rains inundated the popular resort of Skiathos, prompting travel companies to take action.

Flights from Skiathos to the UK have been suspended as the region has been hit by torrential rains and widespread flooding.

Police banned traffic on the resort as record-breaking rains killed at least one, sent thigh-high torrents through the streets and swept away cars.

Storm Daniel causes severe flooding across the region, bursting streams and throwing cars into the sea.

Some British tourists have appealed for help via social media after being stranded on the island east of mainland Greece.

Jet2 said all five flights scheduled to depart on Tuesday and Wednesday have been cancelled.

The airline said it is monitoring weather forecasts and will confirm new departure times as soon as possible.

Four flights scheduled for Wednesday from the UK to Skiathos have also been cancelled.

A flight from London Stansted to Skiathos was diverted to the mainland city of Thessaloniki on Monday due to weather conditions.

Customers were given hotel accommodation until they could be returned to the UK.

A weather-stranded tourist, Emma Taylor, said: “This is a severe storm – flooding in our hotel corridors and ceilings, power outages and we are lucky as we are high up in Skiathos Palace in Koukounaries.”

“Some guests have been asked to check out of their rooms.”

Another holidaymaker said: “The hotel is running low on groceries – nothing can be delivered because the road near our hotel has collapsed.”

“It has been raining heavily for about 36 hours. Our hotel now accommodates local families who lost their belongings on the beach.”

In a statement on its website to customers, Jet2 said: “We are sorry to inform you that we have delayed your flight due to the current and forecast weather in Skiathos island.”

“The heavy rains and thunderstorms continue to affect Skiathos – this is part of a severe weather phenomenon called Storm Daniel.”

“We are monitoring the weather forecast and will confirm your new departure time as soon as the weather forecast allows.

“We understand how frustrating this situation is, but rest assured our dedicated UK response team is working tirelessly to ensure we get you back to the UK when it is safely possible.”

“We know this is not the news you would like to hear – however, the safety and well-being of all our customers and crew comes first.

“Please continue to follow the instructions of the local authorities at the destination.”

Elsewhere in Greece, police banned traffic in the central city of Volos and the nearby mountainous region of Pelion.

Firefighters said a man was killed near Volos when a wall gave way and collapsed on him – while five people were reported missing, possibly swept away by the tide.

In several other parts of central Greece, authorities sent out mobile phone alerts.

These included the Sporades island chain and the island of Euboea, where people have been urged to limit their outdoor movements.

In the Pelion area, streams burst their banks and swept cars into the sea.

Rockfalls blocked roads and a small bridge was blown away, while power outages affected many areas.

Vassilis Kikilias, Greece’s civil protection minister, said the storms were expected to subside after 12pm on Wednesday but insisted people in the affected areas should stay indoors.

Earlier this summer, Greece was hit by large forest fires, some burning for more than two weeks. More than 20 people died and large areas of forest and farmland were destroyed.

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis admitted on Tuesday that his centre-right government “obviously hasn’t managed things as well as we would have liked”.

Britons traveling to other popular Mediterranean holiday destinations in Spain are also prepared for storms.

Streets in the popular holiday resort were flooded


Streets in the popular holiday resort were floodedPhoto credit: Reuters
Torrential rain submerged some cars and washed others into the sea


Torrential rain submerged some cars and washed others into the seaPhoto credit: Reuters
The downpours across the island resulted in flights to the UK being cancelled


The downpours across the island resulted in flights to the UK being cancelledPhoto credit: Reuters
The latest weather disaster follows a summer of wildfires in Greece


The latest weather disaster follows a summer of wildfires in GreecePhoto credit: Reuters


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