U2 fans bumped off at PE

2011-02-19 00:00

A GROUP of U2 fans on their way to Cape Town for last night’s concert failed to see the big picture after being dumped at the last minute by kulula, the irreverent low-cost airline.

Thirteen passengers wished it was just a prank when they were bumped off the flight at Port Elizabeth Airport yesterday morning.

However, this time the airline company, which is known for its humour, was dead serious.

Angry passengers Tracy Meyer and her husband Russell were on their way Cape Town to watch the U2 360° concert. “We were so shocked when they said they didn’t have seats for us when we got to the airport when we had already checked in the previous day. And they showed us no remorse or explanation whatsoever,” Tracy said.

Although passengers were reimbursed with a R400 voucher they were not impressed. “That money is nothing when you’re trying to get to the U2 concert,” said Tracy.

The Meyer family and three others charted a small plane to get them to Cape Town, paying R4 000 each.

The marketing director of kulula airlines, Heidi Brauer, said she was not aware of the incident and that she will investigate.

“There are delays happening all over the world every day, and this is not a big story,” Brauer added.

But it was a big story for the Meyers who did not want to miss the biggest production to hit Africa in ages.

“I think I’ve already spent R10 000 for this inconvenience,” Russell said.

The U2 360° concert is one of the biggest productions to tour the world and its concert structures were shipped in 200 containers, according to reports. More than 72 000 fans flooded Cape Town Stadium last night, with 1 000 police officers patrolling inside and outside the stadium and about 1 200 security officers inside the stadium.

For this U2 round, the organisers made sure the fans could quench parched throats throughout the show, with 144 000 beers and 12 000 bottles of flavoured alcoholic liquor stockpiled in the stadium.

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