LONDON – Hundreds of passengers across Europe have been stranded by the British collapse of British regional airline Flybmi.
British Midland Regional Limited, which operates as Flybmi, said there is filing for administration – a UK bankruptcy issue – because of higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by Britain's upcoming EU exit.
"Current trade and prospects have also been severely affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led us not to be able to secure valuable flight contracts in Europe and a lack of confidence around BMI & # 39; sability to continue to fly between destinations in Europe, the airline said on its website late Saturday.
The airline thanked the workers for their involvement and said "it is with a heavy heart we have made this inevitable announcement. "
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Pilot Association's leader Brian Strutton said the airline's breakdown did not alert and "is devastating news for all employees."
"Our immediate steps will be to support Flybmi pilots and explore with directors and administrators if their jobs can be stored," he said.
UK is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, but there is serious doubt whether the British parliament will approve the Brexit withdrawal, Prime Minister Theresa May negotiates with the EU, making it more difficult for companies to plan separation.
Flybmi said all aircraft will be canceled and informed passengers of refunds from credit card issuers, travel agencies or travel insurance companies.
Passengers were told not to Ie for the airport Sunday unless they had arranged directly with other airlines. Flybmi said there would be no rescheduling of passengers on other airline flights.
Many passengers were turned off at the end. Hannah Price told Sky News that she was planning to return Monday to the UK from Brussels on Flybmi.
"Unfortunately for me, I was going to fly home with them in less than 48 hours to Bristol. I don't think it's going to happen now," she said.
The collapse will have a major impact on Northern Ireland's city of Derry, also known as Londonderry, which will lose its only air connection to London. Officials in the City of Derry airport said they were quickly looking for a new operator to keep the link open.
Flybmi was still looking for customers until the day before the crash, and urged people in a tweet to book flights to Germany for a winter sports holiday.
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