All flights have been cancelled by British regional Airline Flybmi after entering administration, the company was suffering from high fuel and carbon costs. They also blamed the uncertainty over Brexit for their woes.
The Airline which has 17 planes and 376 staff have been telling passengers to contact their travel agents or insurance companies to arrange refunds.
@flybmi so first I had to wait Wednesday evening to see if the Brussels strike is over and now I’ve been told by @flybmi that my flights are cancelled and we are supposed to fly back tomorrow. Thanks for ruining my valentines surprise weekend for my lady. Stress to start and end— Sheleendra Fernando (@sheleendraferna) February 16, 2019
A Flybmi spokesman said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have made this unavoidable announcement.
“The airline has faced several difficulties, including recent spikes in fuel and carbon costs, the latter arising from the EU’s recent decision to exclude UK airlines from full participation in the Emissions Trading Scheme.
“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.”
The airline issued the following advice to those due to fly:
- People who booked directly with Flybmi should contact their card issuer to seek a refund.
- Passengers who booked via a travel agent or one of Flybmi’s partner airlines should contact them to see what their options are.
- Those with travel insurance should see if they are eligible to claim for cancelled flights.
Flybe were put up for sale in late 2018 after losing 70% of their value.
Passengers are understandably frustrated by the sudden announcement with some stuck now overseas.
@flybmi can’t believe you cancelled my only direct flight home to Aberdeen! I have lost £800 of flights. I now need to find a way home for my Granda’s 88th birthday and my best friends wedding which will cost a fortune! #flybmi #aberdeen #esbjerg #denmark #aberdeenairport #abz— Caroline Stewart (@caro_stewart8) February 16, 2019