Earlier this morning, the UK Civil Aviation Authority confirmed that budget airline Flybe has gone into administration .
The travel firm ceased trading with immediate affect – only hours after its final plane landed in the early hours of Thursday.
Insiders told the BBC the global coronavirus crisis has been blamed for making a “bad situation much worse” following the administration announcement.
A statement from the UK Civil Aviation said: “All Flybe flights, and those operated by Stobart Air, are cancelled. Therefore please do not go to the airport as your flight will not be operating.
"For flights operated by Flybe franchise partners (Eastern Airways and Blue Islands) passengers should make contact with that airline to confirm your travel arrangements.
"Flybe customers are urged to make their own alternative travel arrangements via other airlines, rail or coach operators."
So what does this mean for travellers who have booked with the airline? Martin Lewis issued some advice to his 674,000 followers on Twitter last night.
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Flights bought directly from airlines such as Flybe are not generally Atol protected but those purchased through a separate travel company may be covered.
Martin, 47, said: “#Flybe admin. If you’ll need [a] refund, things to try. Please share.
“1. Travel insurance (usually needs scheduled airline failure cover). 2. Paid on debit card? Try chargeback …
“3. Paid on credit card? Try chargeback or section 75 .”
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Flybe was Europe’s biggest regional airline and employed around 2,000 people, whose jobs will now be at risk.
The airline avoided collapse in January after the government reached a deal with the firm’s shareholders.
According to Money Saving Expert , passengers with upcoming Flybe and Stobart Air flights have been told to not travel to the airport as their trips will not be operating.
- Martin Lewis
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