A mum of two says she cannot imagine herself without her partner after meeting during an airport delay.

Havva Kiracoglu, 42, was sleeping on the floor of Gatwick Airport with her children when Louis Christodoulou, 50, offered them a blanket during a 24-hour delay.

Since then the couple have embarked on a whirlwind romance and are now planning a future together.

Havva, from Brighton, said: "I felt that instant attraction to him.

"I'm in my 40s and usually nowadays I want to get to know someone before I make that judgement on whether I like them or not.

"He asked if we had blankets but we didn’t. The kids were wrapped in jumpers and were freezing cold.


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"He had a throw with him and gave it to us so I put it on the kids.

“I didn’t really have my hopes up anymore but the minute you let go of that hope someone's right there.”

“I can't imagine myself without him now, it’s crazy.”

The Argus: Havva and LouisHavva and Louis (Image: SWNS)

After meeting Louis, from North London, at the airport in June, the pair discovered that they were both flying to Cyprus.

Louis and Havva then reconnected on social media and the pair arranged to spend the day together with their children.

They met up for one last time in Cyprus over dinner before flying back to the UK where they resumed their holiday romance.

Since then, the pair have continued to hit it off and now regularly make the two-hour journey to see each other.

The couple also flew to Tenerife for a romantic getaway just two weeks after their chance encounter.

Louis added: "I initially spotted her in the terminal and thought she was good looking.

"Without the cancellation I wouldn't have met her.

“It was very natural. We hit it off straight away and there was no awkwardness - we really got on and our kids got on well."

The couple, who both come from Cypriot backgrounds, are continuing to plan their life together.