British regional airline Flybmi has cancelled all its flights and filed for administration, the airline has announced.The company said it had been badly affected by rises in fuel and carbon costs and uncertainty over Brexit.The East Midlands-based airline, which has 376 staff, operates 17 planes flying to 25 European cities.Affected passengers have been told to contact their travel agents or insurance and credit card companies.
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Rory Boland, Which? Travel editor, issued a statement on Saturday following news the airline had ceased trading.
He said: "Some customers have claimed that tickets were being sold in the hours before the airline went bust, knowing full well those tickets would never be honoured, and passengers will rightly be outraged if this is proved to be the case."
The day before it collapsed, the airline had sent a tweet encouraging customers to fly to Munich for a winter snow break.
Pilots' union BALPA said news the airline had ceased trading had come as a complete surprise to its members.
Which? also reminded consumers to get adequate cover, saying: "It's never been more important for people to check they have some cover."
Boland added: "Instability in the travel industry has seen several airlines collapse in the last 12 months - exposing thousands of people to the nightmare of having their trip cancelled at the last minute or struggling to get home from abroad.
"That instability looks set to continue, potentially putting easter and summer holiday plans at risk. It's never been more important for people to check they have some cover - by ensuring their travel agent offers ATOL protection when booking a package holiday or considering scheduled airline failure as an add-on to travel insurance for those booking flights."
Courtesy of Travelmole
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