European Budget Carriers Offer Discounts to Stranded
A sudden, unannounced shutdown by the Spanish airline Spanair
has canceled 220 flights, and forced a reported 22,000 passengers
to make other plans. The airline blamed its action Friday on a lack
of funding. The government of Spain has laws requiring notice of
such a shutdown, and could fine the airline 9 million euro, or
about $11.8 million.
The Associated Press reports airline Chairman Ferran Soriano
says a failure to attract investment prompted the regional
government of northeastern Catalonia to stop providing funds. The
shutdown affects 2,000 employees and services provided by about
1,200 ground staff.
Members of the European Low Fares Airline Association say they
will make open seats available on other airlines to get as many
travelers as possible home, with specially discounted fares. The
offer is subject to seat availability, and includes flights on
Ryanair and EasyJet.
Spanair promises it will have instructions for travel agents in
the next few days regarding refund procedures for tickets on