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Flybmi collapse strands hundreds of passengers

THE Flybmi airline blamed Brexit, after leaving hundreds of passengers stranded throughout Europe when the British regional airline ceased operations without warning last Saturday after going bankrupt.

British Midland Regional Limited, the airline operating as Flybmi, made the announcement after filing for administration, the British version of bankruptcy, because of inflated fuel costs and uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Airline officials said on its website: “It is with a heavy heart that we have made this unavoidable announcement.

“We sincerely regret that this course of action has become the only option open to us, but the challenges, particularly those created by Brexit, have proven to be insurmountable.”

It added: “All customers due to travel with the company will need to rebook flights with an alternative airline. We are unable to arrange or reschedule any flights for you.”

The company, based in the Midlands, employed more than 450 staff, operating more than 600 scheduled flights a week across Europe.

But it stressed: “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 lack of confidence around Flybmi’s ability to continue flying between destinations in Europe.

“Additionally, our situation mirrors wider difficulties in the regional airline industry which have been well documented.”

Yet the airline’s website was still taking bookings last Saturday evening, ahead of the announcement.

 

 

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