Just hours after another group of youngsters were left stranded at the MIA in Gudja (read here) after their flight to Denmark was cancelled, it appears that the case has ended up in court. An official letter presented to the law courts by Frankie Ciantar as representative of Pieta Hotspurs, Noel Debattista on behalf of Hamrun Spartans Nursery and Jonathan Barbara on behalf of Birkirkara FC Youth Academy, as well as on behalf of the youngsters participating in the football tournament, the Dana Cup in Denmark, and the adults who were to accompany them on their travels, demands that flight operator Joffrey Mallia and all those involved in this case to comply with the obligations of the contract they had entered into.
The contract provided for a flight to Denmark for the purpose of a football tournament, where the youngsters were due to participate. In the letter presented to the court, the three signatories demand reimbursement for the amount paid to Joffrey Mallia for a service which has not materialised, as well as any resulting damages.
Lawyers Franco Debono, Marion Camilleri and Amadeus Cachia are appearing on behalf of the three football nurseries.
Meanwhile, Malta’s federation of travel agents has expressed its shock and concern after this second charter flight was cancelled at the last minute, pointing out that travel agents are obliged by law to contribute to an insolvency fund to protect consumers. In view of the case, the second in a week, The Federated Association of Travel and Tourism Agents – Malta (FATTA) calling for an immediate review of the Travel Insolvency Fund regulations.