Wow Air cancels dozens of flights last minute leaving passengers in the lurch

Hundreds of Brits saw their travel plans thrown into chaos after WOW Air cancelled flights at the last minute.

The airline cancelled a number of its services on Sunday, including a flight from London Gatwick to Reykjavik which was due to depart on Monday morning.

The news comes after Icelandair Group abandoned talks regarding a potential takeover of the budget airline

Disgruntled passengers took to social media, claiming that they had received notification of the cancellation during the night, and demanded clarification from the airline.

One user wrote: "I was supposed to fly out at 10 this morning and get text at 12.30am to say flight cancelled… still no reply. Disgusting!"

Another passenger said that the airline had  "cancelled our flight this morning, without trying to contact us at all". They added: "Having to wait at the airport for 8 hours for our next flight with no food/compensation or anyone to help. Sort it out!!!!"

It's not just the London-Reykjavik route which has been affected. The airline has listed a number of cancelled flights on its website , with services cancelled up until the 28th March.

Wow Air had previously entered talks with the Icelandair Group, with speculation that the group was looking to potentially take over the carrier.

However, the company has now confirmed that the discussions have ended.

In a statement, the company said: "Icelandair Group has decided that its possible involvement in WOW air’s operations, as announced on 20 March 2019, will not materialize. Therefore, all discussions between the parties have ended."

Shortly after, WOW Air released a statement saying: "A majority of WOW air Bond Holders and other creditors of WOW air are in advance discussions with the aim of reaching an agreement on a voluntary restructuring including an agreement of converting current debt into equity and fund the company towards long term sustainability. Further information will be given tomorrow."

Earlier this month, the airline had been in talks with Indigo Partners who had been looking into a possible investment into the company, but negotiations were cancelled by the group, after which WOW Air began the talks with the Icelandair Group. 

WOW Air currently offers a number of flights from the UK, with a stopover in Reyjavik.

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