The British regional airline flybmi announced on Saturday 16th February it had cancelled all its flights and filed for administration. Blame was attributed to uncertainty over Britain’s upcoming exit from the European Union.
The airline, based at East Midlands airport, employs 376 staff in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. It operated flights on routes to 25 European cities, including East Midlands, London Stansted, Aberdeen, Bristol and Newcastle. The airline operates 17 regional jet aircraft.
All flights have been cancelled, and customers who booked directly with flybmi are advised to contact their payment card issuer to obtain a refund for flights yet to have taken place. If booked through a travel agent customers are advised to contact their agent.
A statement on Flybmi’s website stated;
“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.”