Thousands of FlyMe passengers stranded

The bankruptcy of Swedish budget airline FlyMe has left thousands of passengers facing flight cancellations. All flights have been cancelled, with 2,500 passengers affected on Friday alone.

People who had booked tickets with the airline were informed of the cancellations by SMS at 1:30am on Friday. The airline flew between Gothenburg and 17 international destinations, as well as on domestic routes.

Torbjörn Vading was one of the passengers affected. When he arrived at Stockholm Arlanda Airport he was told that his flight to Gothenburg had been cancelled.

“I didn’t know anything until I got to the check-in desk,” he told news agency TT. He was trying on Friday morning to find a flight with another airline.

At 9am on Friday, the company’s 220 staff had still not been informed that the board had decided to cancel flights.

Danish low-cost airline Sterling has announced that it planned immediately to start running planes on FlyMe’s Malmö-Stockholm and Gothenburg-Stockholm routes. All FlyMe passengers are being offered the chance to fly on their existing tickets. FlyMe passengers stranded abroad will be offered flights with Sterling where capacity exists.

Finn Thaulow, chairman of FlyMe Sweden, said he couldn’t say what would happen to passengers with tickets booked with the airline.

“The receiver will give information about what happens now. The next step is that we will go to the district court tomorrow and apply for bankruptcy, then take it from there.”

The bankruptcy formally applies to FlyMe Sweden, a subsidiary of FlyMe Europe, which is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Trading in FlyMe was suspended on Friday morning. The stock exchange said further information would be issued during the day.