Flybmi ceases operation amid Brexit and rising fuel costs

The British regional carrier has cancelled all flights leaving hundreds of passengers stranded

British airline flybmi has announced a sudden and complete shutdown of its operation. Effective from Saturday 16 February, the regional carrier cancelled all flights leaving passengers without their connection.  

British regional carrier flybmi announced a complete shutdown of its operation — Zhorov Igor / Shutterstock Flybmi ceases operation amid Brexit and rising fuel costs
British regional carrier flybmi announced a complete shutdown of its operation — Zhorov Igor / Shutterstock

Up to 1,000 travellers were supposed to fly with the airline on Sunday, at the start of the February school half-term holidays.

The airline has recommended its customers who booked their flights directly to reach for their credit card issuer to secure a refund of their tickets.

“Customers who have booked flybmi flights via a travel agent or one of flybmi’s codeshare partner airlines are recommended to contact their agent or airline for details of options available to them,” flybmi said in a statement.

The airline has been reportedly forced to cease its operation amid economic, ecological and political issues.

Brexit has seriously affected flybmi’s future trading prospects

“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,” said a spokesperson for flybmi said.

The airline has faced several  difficulties amid Brexit and rising fuel costs — Dirk Daniel Mann / Shutterstock Flybmi ceases operation amid Brexit and rising fuel costs
The airline has faced several difficulties amid Brexit and rising fuel costs — Dirk Daniel Mann / Shutterstock

“Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process. It 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.”

Flybmi operated 17 regional jet aircraft on routes to 25 European cities, such as Bristol, Brno, Dusseldorf, Milan, Paris or London Stansted. In 2018 the airline carried 522,000 passengers on 29,000 flights.

The airline employed 376 employees who were based in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.