European Stranded In NAIA For 110 Days Finally Returns Home
EUROPEAN STRANDED IN NAIA – Roman Trofimov, a European tourist who was trapped in NAIA for more than three months, has finally returned home.
According to PhilStar, Trofimov, an Estonian national, will finally return to his home country after 110 days of staying in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) since March 20.
“With the help of God and thanks to all people who supported me in this difficult time, I am going home now!!! My flight will land in Tallinn on July 8th at 13:20 (1:20 p.m.)! Thanks for sharing my story with the world. Good advice you give me and kind words of support. We made it people!”
Trofimov’s experience is likened to “The Terminal”, a Tom Hanks movie which tells the story of a European tourist who took up temporary residence in an American airport after being stranded.
Like the movie, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trofimov found himself unable to fly home, rendering him stranded.
He then decided to appeal for help from local and foreign media via a viral post last week. The media then picked up his story in order to send him back home.
“I am European from Estonia held in Manila International Airport for more than 100 days need any help getting out of here. I arrived in Manila on March 20th and been denied entry, the airline who flew me in, AirAsia took my passport and stopped operations that same day I am not allowed to fly out…I am a person with disability, my health is getting worse because of malnutrition, lack of sun and fresh air.”
This is what he wrote in his post. Prior to this, he had been staying at the departure area and even slept on the floor.
Based on the report, in order to survive in NAIA, Roman had been living off donations of food and hygiene products from airport staff.
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