Helsingin Sanomat - International Edition - Foreign: "Hundreds of desperate Finns were calling their friends and the Embassy of Finland in Madrid asking about return routes as airspace remained closed and airports deserted.
Hiring a bus that normally costs a few thousand euros is now worth EUR 8,000 to 20,000. If the stranded tourists wanted to rent a mini-bus they should fork out EUR 4,000.
”The fact that bus operators have been cheating people by raising their prices has caused controversy”, reports a hoarse-voiced Leena Toivonen of Finland’s Embassy in Madrid.
After conducting a 12-hour telephone marathon in the ongoing ashcapades show, Toivonen could barely get out much more than a wheeze.
”We receive hundreds of phone calls every day, while the number of stranded Finns is at least 1,000”, Toivonen explains."