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Flybmi left hundreds of passengers stranded all over Europe after the British regional airline suddenly shut down without warning after its bankruptcy.

British Midland Regional Limited, the airline Flybmi, made the announcement Saturday after filing its record of administration (the British version of the bankruptcy) because of fuel costs inflated and the uncertainty surrounding the departure of the Grande -Brittany of the European Union.

"It was with heavy hearts that we made this announcement inevitable," the airline said on its website late Saturday. "We sincerely regret that this course of action has become the only option we have left, but the challenges, especially those created by Brexit, have proven to be insurmountable."

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The British regional airline Flybmi announced on February 17, 2019 that she had ceased her activities and that she was asking the administration. (Photo11: ADRIAN DENNIS, AFP / Getty Images)

The announcement of the sudden stop left the travelers who had already paid their flights without problem and without refund. In fact, Flybmi told passengers: "DO NOT GO TO THE AIRPORT."

"All customers traveling with the airline will have to change the booking of their flights with an alternative airline," Flybmi said on their website, adding that they "could not arrange or reschedule flights for you."

Richard Edwards has learned that the flight of his family from Bristol to Munich on Flybmi was "canceled without any explanation after the security".

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Similarly, Hannah Price told Sky News that she was planning to return to Flybmi on Monday in Britain: "Unfortunately for me, I had to fly with them in less than 48 hours to Bristol. I do not think that happens now. "

Regarding the flights that passengers have already paid? "The company is not able to reimburse customers for canceled flights," Flybmi said on its website.

The airline, which operated 17 jet planes out of 25 European cities before it collapsed, asked travelers to request a refund from their credit card company, travel insurance company or booking agent.

Curiously, Flybmi was flyer advertising to Germany for winter holidays on Twitter as recently as Friday, just one day before it collapsed. There is no mention of canceled flights on their Twitter account, which is still active.

The closure also left more than 375 employees in Britain, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.

Chief of the Union of Pilots, Brian Strutton, said that the collapse of the airline had occurred without warning and that it "was a devastating news for all employees."

"Our immediate steps will be to support Flybmi pilots and explore with directors and administrators if their work can be saved," he said.

Airlines transported 522,000 passengers on 29,000 flights last year.

Contribute: The Associated Press

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