Travel Trouble

Mon, 18 Feb, 2019Shannen Findlay

Airline passengers left abandoned after this happened

Airline passengers left abandoned after this happened

A British airline has had an abrupt collapse of its business, leaving hundreds of airline passengers stunned and stranded throughout Europe.

The British airline company, Flybmi, has announced it has gone bust, telling customers to contact their “payment card issuer to obtain a refund for flights which have not yet taken place".

The airline thanked employees for their hard work and dedication, now leaving over 376 people without a job across Britain, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.

The East Midlands-based airline operated in 25 European cities with 17 regional jet aircrafts.

British Midland Regional Limited, operating as Flybmi, has said in a public announcement that it is filing for administration due to higher fuel costs and the uncertainty of Britain’s exit from the European union.

“Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in Europe and a lack of confidence around bmi’s ability to continue flying between destinations in Europe,” the airline announced on its website on Saturday.

Pilots Union chief Brian Strutton said the airline’s collapse “is devastating news for all employees".

“Our immediate steps will be to support Flybmi pilots and explore with the directors and administrators whether their jobs can be saved,” he said.

A distressed passenger was left stunned by the announcement made on Saturday, she told SkyNews.

“Unfortunately for me, I was supposed to be flying home with them in less than 48 hours to Bristol. I don’t think that’s going to happen now,” she said.

Customers were urged not to travel to the airport on Sunday unless arrangements were made with other airlines. Flybmi explained they would not be rescheduling passengers on to other flights.