The sudden collapse of Britain’s regional airline Flybmi has created hardships for several passengers that had booked on this budget airline as it cancelled several flights without warning. The UK based firm which operates in 25 cities declared that uncertainty about Brexit and rise in fuel costs forced the firm to file for bankruptcy. Tourists from UK stuck in different parts of Europe now have to buy fresh tickets to their trip back home as the airline is not refunding any of the cancelled flights’ passengers. The decision of Flybmi to shut down operations has put jobs of 376 people at risk.
Loganair has stated that it will take on responsibilities to fly on three of Flybmi routes namely from Aberdeen to Bristol and between Oslo and Esbjerg that will start only by 4th March as both these firms are owned by Airline Investments. The East Midlands based Flybmi which operated 17 aircraft has asked its passengers to contact their credit card firms and insurers to get their money refunded. Passengers have posted harrowing tales on social media about how this sudden closure has affected them as some passengers are stuck abroad without any money left to come back home while some were asked to go back after going through security clearances.
Some passengers are furious with the airlines for duping them as they claimed it was selling tickets just hours before it filed for bankruptcy even though it knew that these tickets will not be honored. While announcing the closure Flybmi stated that they faced several financial problems due to spike in cost of fuel and carbon on account of EU’s decision to remove UK based airlines from Emissions Trading scheme. In the past couple of years several small and mid-sized airlines like Monarch, Germania, Air Berlin and Alitalia have faced financial issued due to fierce competition and falling passenger numbers.