Flights operated by Orbest airlines are normal and Spanish tourists in Mexico and the Dominican Republic are returning home as scheduled, Spanish tour operator Orizonia, which sought bankruptcy protection last week, said Sunday.

The tour operator's customers in Mexico's Riviera Maya and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, are not having problems returning to Spain despite Orizonia's filing for protection from creditors on Friday, a company spokesman told Efe.

The only problems have occurred at the hotels where tourists are staying, but only two groups of 14 and 20 people, respectively, have been affected, not the 700 mentioned in some reports, the Orizonia spokesman said.

Some tourists arrived at the hotels and found that managers wanted to charge them for lodging again because they did not want to wait for the tour operator to pay them, the Orizonia spokesman said.

These are "very isolated" cases and are being dealt with, the company spokesman said. EFE