Photo: The 142 passengers left stranded in Denmark last week
Following the events of earlier this week, the Law Courts issued a garnishee order against Joffrey Mallia, the flight operator, who allegedly left 280 people including children from three football nurseries stranded at M.I.A., after paying for chartered flights to Denmark, where they were to participate in the Dana Cup tournament.
This was confirmed by the tournament’s local organizers. They explained that Mallia was given three days’ notice to refund € 66,000 paid last month for the procurement of a charter flight to Denmark and back.
According to news portal One News, the youngsters paid € 550 each for the flight.
The organizers have stated that their first travel preference was Air Malta, however given the size of the contingent, they resorted to Mallia’s services. A statement by the national airline confirmed that it would indeed need eight aircraft to accommodate this request, which given the size of its fleet was not deemed possible (read here).
Despite the events of the previous week, when Mallia had left another group of youngsters stranded at an airport in Denmark, Mallia had maintained with the organizers that he would honour their agreement and the flight on Friday morning was to go ahead as scheduled.
However, while the contingent was at the airport ready to check in, Mallia sent a message to the organizers and said the company had treated him like rubbish and the flight was cancelled. A few days prior to departure, Mallia himself has allegedly threatened the organisers that they would lose the sum of € 66,000 they had already paid if they cancelled the charter flight themselves.