The British regional airline Flybmi abruptly collapsed on February 17, 2019, followed by the uncertainty regarding Brexit. Brexit is the combined term for ‘British’ and ‘exit’ concerning the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) as planned on March 29 this year. The passengers who booked a flight from Bristol to Munich were told about the cancellation of their flight after they had already checked in. Since the airline has cancelled all its flights with immediate effect, the passengers are advised to contact their credit card issuer, the tour agents or insurance companies to seek refunds for their flights or if there are other options available to them.
Flybmi filed for administration (a British version of bankruptcy) due to rising fuel and carbon charges along with seriously affected trading predictions caused by the Brexit process. According to the chief of Pilot union, Brian Strutton, the devastating news came without a warning and they are looking forward to the meeting with director and administrators to see if they can save the jobs of Flybmi pilots.
The airline flew to 25 European cities with a total of 17 jets and carried 522,000 passengers on 29k flights in 2018 and had a total of 376 employees in Britain, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.