Russell Quirk makes headlines after sending bailiffs to Luton Airport for Wizz Air refund

Russell Quirk made headlines in the national press over the weekend after he sent bailiffs to Luton Airport to confront Wizz Air over money owed to him after his family’s flights were cancelled at the last minute.

The property commentator said he was left with little alternative but to find another route to Portugal which cost him £4,500.

After months of waiting for Wizz Air reimbursement, he went to court and ended up sending in the bailiffs.

Wizz Air paid up, apologised and said it “fell short of our own aspirations and our customers’ expectations”.

The way customers have been treated by Wizz Air has been “shocking, shambolic and shoddy”, Quirk, a regular EYE columnist, told the press.

Quirk had booked flights from Luton Airport to Faro in January last year for a family holiday with his wife and three daughters in the May half-term, but he was infirmed early on the morning of their flight that the flight had been cancelled.

“There was no explanation, no alternative offered and no apology,” he said. “I had to wake my three daughters and tell them we weren’t going on holiday – they were very upset.”

With hotels, transfers and an airport lounge already paid for, he said the only viable option was to find another carrier, which the family took the following day.

Those flights, together with money lost on a night in hotel rooms and other expenses, cost him £4,500, he said.

On his return he tried to get recompense from Wizz Air, but he said it took almost two months for the cost of his original flights to be returned along with other legal compensation.

But, he said Wizz Air repeatedly ignored his claim for “consequential losses” – the £4,500 extra he had spent.

He took his case to the county court but said Wizz Air “ignored” the judgement made against the firm, so bailiffs were sent in to the Wizz Air desk at Luton Airport.

“Their option was to hand over the money or the bailiffs would take it in goods – it might have been chairs, tables, computers or an aircraft,” said Quirk.

He said taking his case to court cost him about £180 in court fees, plus £60 to send in the bailiffs – although additional costs associated with the bailiff visit would have had to be paid by Wizz Air.

Quirk added: “Increasingly businesses are thinking they can treat customers like dirt and I’m determined to eradicate that.

“My message is, where big companies stonewall you, if you persevere you can get what is owed to you.”

A spokesperson for Wizz Air said: “In the summer of 2022, due to unprecedented levels of disruption across Europe and the UK which affected the entire industry, we fell short of our own aspirations and our customers’ expectations.

“When things went wrong, we did not react quickly enough to manage the high volume of customer claims that resulted from this disruption. We are sorry about this and we are working to ensure that our customers’ experience with Wizz is better this year.

“Since December, Wizz has paid all CCJs [county court judgements] where it received the judgment, and is continuing to work to settle all other outstanding claims as quickly as possible.”


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  1. PremierBlue

    10/10 for the ‘sad face’

  2. Howard Star

    did any emooooooov customers get their money back?

  3. IheartRE

    Seriously? This is property news?

  4. paul836

    ‘Property Expert!?’’
    I bet if you ask his ex staff re this it will bet pot and kettle! How anybody still gives this man any air time is beyond me. Some people actually listen which terrifies me!


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