Wow Air Shuts Down Operations and Cancels All Flights, Stranding Passengers

Icelandic Budget Airline Wow Air Collapses Leaving Passengers Stranded

U.S. traveller Sean Tinschert said he rushed to the airport after he heard reports that the airline has ceased operating.

But the airline advised those seeking refunds to contact their credit card providers, travel insurers or travel agents before contacting Wow.

Icelandair further explained that the deal was only available to passengers who had already started their trip on WOW Air, and could provide proof they had purchased a return ticket scheduled between March 28 and April 11.

"My flight from Boston has been cancelled". "If you are one of the affected passengers, please look out for communication from our team so we can assist you".

The low-priced airline known for cheap flights between the USA and Iceland has faced financial difficulties for some time.

Its bankruptcy comes after six months of turbulent negotiations to sell the low-priced carrier, first to its main rival and flag-ship carrier Icelandair and later to Indigo Partners, an American company operating the airline Wizz.

"Some airlines may offer flights at a reduced rate, so-called rescue fares, in light of the circumstances", WOW writes on its website.

Consumer magazine Which advised passengers to seek refunds after the airline was found to be selling tickets despite being on the brink of shutting down.

In its early years the airline expanded fast to 37 destinations and reported up to 60 per cent annual growth in passenger numbers.

"You will need to check if you booked your flights as part of a package as this will mean you are ATOL protected and will be entitled to your money back".

Alternatively, EasyJet is offering a dedicated rescue fare of £110. Icelandair, which services numerous same routes as Wow, will offer reduced return fares between March 28 and April 11: $60 to or from Europe, $100 to or from North America and $160 between Europe and North America via Iceland.

WOW Air, known for its too-good-to-be-true budget flights between Iceland, Europe, and North America, is finished.

Its website had advertised flights from London to cities such as NY and Boston for as little as 150 pounds, although the journey went via the Icelandic capital Reykjavik.

On Twitter, stranded passengers expressed their frustration and tagged the airline and other carriers in an apparent effort to get home.

You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. You can also buy a walk-up fare, but brace yourself for a high figure - possibly upward of $1,000.

'However, those who have booked flights directly and haven't travelled yet, are at risk. It instructs passengers to file their claims with the administrator or liquidator. On its website, the carrier explains that customers could receive compensation "in accordance with European regulation on Air Passenger Rights".

Currently, WOW air customers are stranded in locations including the US, France and Spain.

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