Yes I'm frantically checking the news and Turkish Airlines website to see if there is any change in the UK airport situation. To be honest I'm not holding out much hope of being able to set off on Sunday.
My friends who visited on Tuesday, and were due to fly home this morning with Turkish Airlines did of course have their flight cancelled. They thought that as soon as the UK airports re-open they would be put on the next available flight from Istanbul, but that's not the case. They will be put on standby and will wait indefinitely, having to continually ring a helpline to find out when they can set off to the airport. I guess I will have to do the same if my flight is cancelled on Sunday.
Mr Ayak's partner, Mehmet, has been delayed another 24 hours. Not that it makes too much difference as far as the business is concerned, because the hotel customers haven't arrived, due to being stranded in the UK. Mr Ayak saw little point in going back to the hotel this morning, and decided to wait until tomorrow to collect Mehmet and travel with him. However a phone call from Mehmet this morning informed Mr A that Mehmet had arranged for his brother to send the personnel uniforms by cargo direct to Bodrum, and they needed to be collected and paid for this afternoon. This was something that Mehmet should have been paying for, amongst other things, but of course he's not here yet.
So another frantic trip on the motorbike to Milas to get more money, and Mr Ayak set off to Bodrum, and is staying there, having told Mehmet to make his own way there tomorrow....hopefully he will arrive with some money to reimburse Mr A...who will then pass it on to me as I need money for my trip. Hmm...that's if the trip actually happens!
So yes...it's been a frantic day...every time I check the latest news on the airports, I have to phone Mr A to let him know, because he is sitting and waiting to hear if any customers will actually arrive in the near future.
One really lovely thing happened today though. I checked my postbox whilst I was in Milas to find a huge parcel full of Cadbury's chocolate from a dear friend in England. What perfect timing! I was in desperate need of Cadbury's chocolate...better than Prozac any day!