Icelandic budget airline WOW ceases operations

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

Passengers have been advised by the airline to check available flights with other airlines.

Stranded passengers who had been set to travel with Iceland's Wow Air are being forced to book new tickets and absorb unexpected costs, after the airline shut down.

Wow in December sold four Airbus A321 passenger jets to Air Canada for US$12-million, according to Mr. Rennert and industry reports, as the carrier tried to stay afloat.

An Ottawa couple now in Iceland says it's going to cost them an extra $2,000 to get back home after the airline they booked flights with abruptly ceased operations Thursday.

Numerous planes traveling to Reykjavik, Iceland, also did not take off Thursday morning after the airline closed its doors.

Now, passengers in both North American and European cities have found themselves stranded with little guidance from WOW Air on how to move forward. If the airline declares bankruptcy, passengers can make a claim with the administrator or liquidator. Belgium's VLM announced its liquidation in August, when Switzerland's Skywork Airlines AG also ceased flights.

"Honestly the worst part is that WOW hasn't even reached out to inform passengers like myself", Spence said.

The airline began operating in 2012 and provided cheap flights between Europe and North America. Previous year it operated 20 aircraft.

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Icelandair is offering stranded WOW passengers special fares to get to Iceland.

But this was soon replaced with a statement reading: "WOW Air has ceased operation".

Wow Air, founded by Icelandic businessman Skuli Mogensen, reportedly owe around £150. There's a lot of people here, lot of people are depending on you and we're paying money for it and we're not getting our money's worth.

Passengers were already boarding her 7:05 p.m. flight to Dublin, Riordan tells Ireland's Independent newspaper, when airline staff announced that there was a problem. The couple received an email from the carrier saying their flight had been cancelled, but they could opt to be rebooked on a later departure or apply for a refund.

The heavily indebted airline had been seeking a backer, but talks with potential investors including IcelandAir were ultimately unsuccessful.

And with the heavy stopover promotions by Iceland's tourism industry as travelers shuttle between the US and Europe, another transatlantic low-priced option vaporizes.

Wow carried 3.5 million passengers previous year.

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