Updated: Skiathos holidays cancelled and flights disrupted amid severe storm

Holidays to Skiathos have been cancelled amid flight disruption as a severe storm bringing heavy rainfall and lightning swept the Greek island.

A number of Jet2 flights were among those cancelled while a service from Stansted was forced to divert to Thessaloniki on Monday.

The company blamed extreme weather affecting areas of Greece and the Greek islands as part of a weather phenomenon named Storm Daniel which brought heavy rainfall and thunderstorms to Skiathos.

A message posted on the Jet2 website at 4am today (Wednesday) said: “We are sorry to inform you that due to the current and forecasted weather affecting the island of Skiathos we have taken the difficult decision to cancel your flight and/or your entire package holiday tomorrow. 

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

Six flights from the island back to the UK were cancelled today (Wednesday), according to the island’s airport.

A notice on the airport website warned of variations of flight arrivals and departures due to “extraordinary weather phenomena”.

Holidaymakers were advised to contact their airline or travel company for any changes to scheduled flights.    

British tourists on Skiathos were told to stay in their hotels as the severe storm swept the area, bringing a mix of strong winds, rain and lightning.  

Strong currents on the island dragged away plants and vehicles as flood water rushed through the streets.

The Foreign Office issued a travel alert as at least one person died in Greece after torrential rain triggered flash floods in parts of the country.

The coastal port city of Volos has seen the same mount of water falling in 24 hours that it usually gets for the whole of autumn – according to local experts.

The mayor of Volos, Achilleas Beos, visited some of the flooded areas and reportedly said: “There is no reason to be moving around. Stay in your homes so we can operate our equipment.”

Updated travel advice for Greece, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) said: “Adverse weather conditions, including floods, are affecting some regions. The situation can change quickly.”

The floods come as high temperatures continue to affect many areas of Greece. 

“There are active wildfires across Greece, including in populated areas on the mainland and a number of islands,” the FCDO pointed out. “Wildfires are highly dangerous and unpredictable.” 

The FCDO also warned of severe weather conditions expected in the south of Italy, particularly in Calabria and Sicily.

A separate alert was issued for Malta, saying: ” Adverse weather conditions, including flooding and strong winds, are affecting Malta and Gozo. The situation can change quickly and disruption is likely to roads and public transport, including the ferry service to Gozo.”

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