Budapest Airport crisis
I was trying to fly with Ryanair myself and in the end we were simply told to rebook our flights. Everybody rushed back, trying to get back to the check-in area as soon as possible to have a better chance of getting on the next flight. I ran as hard as I could myself and managed to get to the counter among the first. The lady at the counter was largely uncooperative, close to actually being rude. She told me that she could put me on a flight the following day afternoon. This was not good for me as I was to take a transcontinental flight that afternoon and had to be in Budapest before that. So her next suggestion was to try to get a refund, and go to Gatwick airport and fly with British Airways. Needless to say, that would not have worked because Budapest Airport was not accepting any flights at the time, which she probably knew quite well herself. Her point was to get rid of me, even if that meant that I would end up losing hundreds of pounds by wasting precious time.
So it was my idea to rebook myself onto a flight to Bratislava, which she did for me with marked indifference. The flight only had one place left and I immediately took it. I went away to have a sandwich and a drink and when after about an hour came back, I saw that the majority of the people from the original Budapest flight were still in line, trying to rebook themselves. Ryanair did their best to make this as difficult as possible.
My flight to Bratislava landed at 10pm and by that time the fastest way to get to Budapest apart from a 150 pound cab ride was to catch the 3:30am bus from the main bus station. Unfortunately, by the time I arrived at the station, it was already closed so I had to wander around in the freezing cold. Fortunately, I found some bar and then a Subway sandwich place which kept me warm until 3am. Then I caught the bus (for 8 euros!), getting to Budapest around 6 am. So in total my journey from London to Budapest took me almost 24 hours.
And now, a few hours later, I am at the airport again, waiting for my Lufthansa flight.