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'Devastating news'

'Devastating news'

Other industry figures, bodies and representatives have reacted to the collapse of Flybmi.


Brian Strutton, Balpa general secretary, said: “The collapse of Flybmi is devastating news for all employees. Regrettably, Balpa had no warning or any information from the company at all.


“Our immediate steps will be to support Flybmi pilots and explore with the Directors and administrators whether their jobs can be saved.”


A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “It is very disappointing Flybmi has gone into administration and we know this will be a very difficult time for those who have lost their jobs as a result.


“This will also of course be disruptive for passengers. We are fully focused on supporting those affected and are in contact with airports, airlines and other transport providers to ensure everything possible is being done to help them.”


Which? travel editor Rory Boland added: “This is terrible news for Flybmi passengers, who will be seeking urgent advice on what steps to take. 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.


“As all future flights have been cancelled, Flybmi customers should explore their options for refunds. If you purchased your flight as part of a package you should be Atol protected, which means you should get a refund.


“However, if you didn’t book as part of a package you may be able to claim the cost back through your travel insurance or credit card issuer, but it depends on your circumstances.”

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