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Wow Air Abruptly Ceases All Operations, Leaving 1,000 Passengers Stranded

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Wow Air Abruptly Ceases All Operations, Leaving 1,000 Passengers Stranded

Wow Air Abruptly Ceases All Operations, Leaving 1,000 Passengers Stranded

The airline known for remarkably cheap trans-Atlantic flights, has suddenly announced early Thursday morning that it was canceling all of its planned flights, leaving passengers on both sides of the Atlantic stranded. Apparently, Wow Air failed to find funding to keep the company running, according to an announcement from the airline.

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“This is probably the hardest thing I have ever done, but the reality is that we have run out of time and have unfortunately not been able to secure the funding of the company,” Wow CEO and founder Skuli Mogensen wrote in a letter to the company’s 1,000 employees, according to Reuters. “I will never be able to forgive myself for not taking action sooner.”

So what happens to the stranded passengers? well, the airline advised them to look to other airlines for “rescue fares,” but didn’t even offer to help those passengers find those flights. According to Reuters, Icelandair, EasyJet, and Norwegian have steppes up and offered rescue fares to help those passengers.

To make matters worse, the airline also did not promise to reimburse customers for their already purchased flights. However, those who bought their tickets from European travel agents as part of a package tour deal would be protected, and those who bought travel protection may be entitled to claim compensation. “However, such compensation is often limited,” according to the statement. It was also said that passengers will be able to make claims if the airline declares bankruptcy.

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