The organisers decided not to follow through with the Lviv plan and tried to get authorities to support the application for Kiev airport,” says Ethiopian.

At 3.30pm Worldchoice Sport announces all operations are cancelled, saying: “We have applied for slots in the correct manner and timeframe with the authorities.

“We feel terribly let down by Kiev airport.”

Passengers are told to expect full refunds within a week. It is said that dozens of private jets have been granted permission to use Boryspil airport.

After the announcement, Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson contacts Vitaly Klitschko, the former world heavyweight boxing champion-turned-politician, who is now mayor of Kiev.

After some robust discussion, two pairs of slots at Boryspil are assigned for the Ethiopian Airlines flights. But the inbound flight for one of the slot pairs requires a three-night stay in Ukraine.

I had to go through Polinia and change euro to pln to continue my journey and in the end, I returned home