Hundreds of air passengers had their travel plans wrecked when a budget airline ceased flying after filing for bankruptcy.
Six flights had to be cancelled at Gatwick, including two to Billund in Denmark - home to the original Legoland.
The carrier involved - Denmark-based Sterling Airlines - managed to inform most of the Gatwick passengers in advance. But some still arrived at the West Sussex airport to be met by a Sterling representative who warned them that those who had booked direct through the airline's website would not be getting a refund.
The other scrapped flights at Gatwick were three to Copenhagen and one to Swedish capital Stockholm. Around 500 to 700 passengers were affected.
Sterling also offered services to Scandinavia from East Midlands and Edinburgh airports. But flights to both these airports had recently ceased for the winter.
One of the passengers at Gatwick was Carsten Milvang, 60, an advertising creative director from Copenhagen who had been due to take the NB432 flight at 3.20pm to the Danish capital. He had been in the UK for three days on business with his partner.
Mr Milvang said: "We heard the news this morning via a text message from Sterling. The first thing we thought was how are we going to get home? We got straight on to the internet and found a message from Scandinavian Airlines saying they could help stranded passengers get home.
"We came to Gatwick but we just heard that we've got to get a plane from Heathrow so we are going by bus to the airport."
He added: "We hope we can get home, we cannot do anything about it so we will just see what happens. If there are people from Scandinavian Airlines willing to help us we will take that flight."
Another stranded passenger was Sandra Berg, 18, a student from Malmo, Sweden, and her friend Maria Berg, 18. The pair had been on holiday in London since Saturday and were due to take the 3.20pm flight to Copenhagen.
Sandra said: "We heard about the collapse at 8am this morning when my dad called me at the hostel. At first I thought he was kidding. We tried not to panic but we felt very confused and disappointed. We just want to get home now.
"We came here today because we already had bus tickets to Gatwick. We've been told we've got to go to Heathrow and take a flight from there to Copenhagen.
"Hopefully we will be able to get our money back for the original tickets."
Sterling is the latest in a line of carriers that have ceased operation in recent months. Others have included XL Airways, Zoom and transatlantic luxury airlines Eos, MAXjet and Silverjet.
Sterling flew from East Midlands airport to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo in Norway, but the flights had ceased for the winter last Sunday.
An East Midlands spokeswoman said today: "In the early part of the summer Sterling had operated three services a week to Stockholm and Copenhagen and two to Oslo. From late summer the number of flights reduced and the last was on Sunday. We were in discussion with Sterling about recommencing services next spring."