LONDON (AP) – Hundreds of passengers across Europe have been blocked by the brutal collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi.
British Midland Regional Limited, which operates under the name Flybmi, has stated that its application for administration – a British version of the bankruptcy – due to higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by the upcoming departure of the Grande -Brittany of the European Union.
"Current and future business prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainties created by the Brexit process, which has prevented us from securing valuable flight contracts in Europe and a lack of confidence in the ability of bmi to continue its operations. flights between two European destinations, "the airline said on its website late Saturday.
The airline thanked the workers for their dedication and said, "It is with heavy hearts that we have made this announcement inevitable."
The airline operated 17 jet planes in 25 European cities. It employed 376 people in Great Britain, Germany, Sweden and Belgium and claims to have carried 522,000 passengers on 29,000 flights last year.
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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.
Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, but serious doubts remain over the British Parliament's approval of the Brexit withdrawal agreement that Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with Britain. l & # 39; EU. This makes separation planning more difficult for businesses.
Flybmi announced that all flights would be canceled and advised passengers to request a refund from credit card issuers, travel agents or travel insurance companies.
Passengers were advised not to go to the airport on Sunday unless they had made arrangements directly with other airlines. Flybmi said that he would not reorganize passengers from other airlines' flights.
Many passengers were blocked by the closure. Hannah Price told Sky News that she was planning to return from Brussels on Monday on Flybmi, in Britain.
"Unfortunately for me, I had to go home with them in less than 48 hours to go to Bristol, I do not think that will happen now," she said.
The collapse will have a major impact on the city of Derry in Northern Ireland, also known as Londonderry, which will lose its only air link with London. Airport officials in the city of Derry said they were urgently seeking a new carrier to keep the link open.
Flybmi was always looking for customers until the eve of its collapse, inviting internet users to book flight tickets to Germany for winter sports vacations.