British regional airline Flybmi has filed for administration and has cancelled all of their flights according to a statement released by the airline on Saturday the 16th of February.
The airline is mainly blaming Brexit for its collapse along with rises in fuel and carbon costs. The airline had over 400 employees and flew to 24 destinations worldwide.
Flybmi said in their statement, “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 and lack of confidence around bmi’s ability to continue flying between destinations in Europe,” the spokesperson concluded.
The airline’s main operating bases were Aberdeen Airport, Bristol Airport and also Munich Airport. Many people were left stranded once they heard the news while others had upcoming flights booked with the airline and didn’t know how they would get sorted with refunds or changing flights.
In regard to this issue the airlines website states the measures customers should take in this instance.“The Company is unable to reschedule or rebook alternative flights on behalf of Customers. Customers will need to make alternative arrangements with a different airline.”
People took to Twitter to express their frustrations and thoughts over the airline’s decision and their flight issues.
Karl O’Doherty who is working in communications in London was asked what he thought of the airline and how the collapse of the airline affects him. “With home being north-Donegal, I relied heavily on the airline as the only one who flew the London to Derry route so I’m anxious to see if there will be a replacement, or if the North-West will be cut-off again”.
Even though the airline has gotten bad press it was very helpful to many. “The company has gone through tough conditions as its press release made clear, so I can’t feel ill towards them. As for the money, my bank has already refunded me-a good sign there’s consumer protection processes in place”, stated Karl.
Many companies and airlines have been coming to a halt because of Brexit, with Honda recently announcing the closure of its Swindon plant in the UK which holds a number of 3,500 jobs.
These are just a couple among the rest and many think there are more closures to come with Brexit looming in the near distance.