Saturday, 16 February 2019

Flybmi goes into administration - all flights cancelled

© Other Flybmi operated in 25 European cities. Pic: Paul Robertson/Flickr Regional airline

Flybmi has gone into administration, with all flights cancelled from today.
The British company, which flew 17 regional jet aircraft on routes to 25 European cities, says Brexit has been a major factor in its demise.

 Thousands of holidaymakers have had their plans thrown into disarray.

 British Midland Regional Limited, which ran the East Midlands-based airline, said: "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.
"These issues have undermined efforts to move the airline into profit.

 "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 bmi'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.

 "Against this background, it has become impossible for the airline's shareholders to continue their extensive programme of funding into the business, despite investment totalling over £40m in the last six years.

 "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."
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Flights operated by flybmi served Aberdeen, Bristol, Brno, City of Derry, Dusseldorf, East Midlands, Esbjerg, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Jonkoping, Karlstad, London Stansted, Lublin, Milan Bergamo, Munich, Newcastle, Norrkoping, Nuremburg, Oslo, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rostock/Laage, Saarbrucken and Stavanger.

 Customer Laura Mason tweeted: "@flybmi meant to be flying tomorrow. Can't check in & says on stand by! Booked flights a year ago what an absolute joke #awful service."

 Bmi Regional employed a total of 376 employees based in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.
British Airline Pilots' Association general secretary Brian Strutton said: "The collapse of FlyBMI is devastating news for all employees.

 "Regrettably Balpa had no warning or any information from the company at all."
What should customers do?

 :: Customers who booked directly with flybmi should contact their payment card issuer to obtain a refund for flights which have not yet taken place;

 :: Anyone who has booked flybmi flights via a travel agent or one of flybmi's codeshare partner airlines should contact their agent or airline for details of options available to them;

 :: Those with travel insurance should contact their provider to find out if they are eligible to claim for cancelled flights and the procedure for doing so.

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