Spanair ceases flying, thousands stranded

Written by Your VIPTRIP Team on January 28th, 2012

28 January 2012
News reports state that “Faced with the lack of financial visibility for the coming months, the company has decided to cease its operations as a measure of caution and safety,” Spanair said in a statement just before 9.30pm last night.
Its last scheduled flight landed at 10pm, leaving rivals such as Iberia, Vueling and Easyjet to share out the passengers left stranded by the airline, which runs flights within Spain and Europe.

Spanish media said at least 22,000 passengers were affected over the weekend but Spanair spokespeople were not immediately available to confirm this.

The airline operated charter flights from Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Malaga to Dublin during the summer season.

A queue of 200 surprised passengers formed at Spanair counters at Barcelona airport yesterday evening shortly after the announcement.

By this morning airports authority AENA said the situation was normal at Madrid’s Barajas airport and Barcelona’s El Prat, where special lounges had been allocated for Spanair customers.

“Passengers are turning up at these zones and the other companies are putting them on flights,” an AENA spokeswoman said.

She said 55 Spanair flights were scrapped at Madrid and 54 at Barcelona today alone, with a handful of flights cancelled at Palma de Mallorca and Gran Canaria.

The company said in its statement: “The Spanair management regrets this and apologises to all those people who are affected by this situation.”

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