Icelandic Budget Airline Wow Air Collapses Leaving Passengers Stranded

29 Mars, 2019, 04:41 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • KEFLAVIK ICELAND- APRIL 28 2018 Wow Air Airbus A320 at Iceland's international airport. WOW Air started to offer connecting flight between North America and Europe with a stop in Iceland

WOW Air didn't give any other details about why it's ceasing operations.

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"All our travel plans are now canceled and we had to scramble to find a local photographer to do the job my husband was hired to do because there was no way for him to get there in time", Branscombe says. In several cases, those cancellations followed hours of delays.

Then they released a travel alert announcing that they are shutting down and grounding all flights, leaving all of their passengers in the lurch.

WOW Air joins a growing list of low-priced carriers that have gone bankrupt in the last 12-months including Primera Air, PrivatAir, Small Planet Airlines, Cobalt, Germania, and flybmi.

In the wake of Wow's announcement, many stranded passengers took to social media to share their horror stories.

"It's an impossible situation when an airline is about to go bust [.] It's always horrific when it does this".

"It's unclear if there are any options at this point", Adi said.

"Passengers are advised to check available flights with other airlines".

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The passenger told the outlet that they were not provided accommodations or offered refunds, and that "this really scared everyone".

In its latest statement, however, the airline has advised passengers that have booked with it to "check available flights with other airlines".

"Wow had been in financial trouble, they had attempted to merge with Icelandair which failed", says Quest.

Earlier Thursday, she had posted on the Wow Facebook page, "Currently stuck in Europe". So you may just be out of luck or you might get a check in a few years.

Denise Riordan told WJZ her flight was grounded Wednesday night at BWI as passengers were boarding the plane.

Posting a video of a chaotic scene Toronto airport another added: '20 min to board, @wowairsupport cancels the flight.

"They did not email us or notify us in any way". "There was uproar - of course we have questions!" People were drawn by the low prices - a flight from Washington to London was recently priced at $139, for instance, with a Boston to Reykjavik trip listed at $99.

Low-budget carrier WOW air seemed too good to be true with its "cheap flights" for worldwide destinations. It started flights in 2012 and grew to employ 1,000 people, carrying 3.5 million passengers previous year in its 11 aircraft. "We have a strategic vision for the airline, and look forward to working with its employees and agents to deliver that vision", said an Indigo's management partner when everything was right on track.

The move left thousands of passengers in North America and Europe without transportation.

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