PASSENGERS who were expecting to fly from the UK to Spain are furious after their flights were cancelled amid uncertainty over Brexit.
The Romanian budget carrier Blue Air, headquartered in Bucharest, has ditched flights from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport to Spain’s Costa Blanca.
Passengers expecting to fly to Alicante had their flights cancelled on Wednesday evening although tickets were still available online.
A John Lennon Airport spokesman said: “Unfortunately, as a Romanian Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holder, the current Brexit impasse means that the carrier has been unable to receive the necessary clarity regarding their ability to operate seventh freedom services which are currently possible under EU Open Skies.
“The carrier will continue to serve Liverpool John Lennon Airport and will increase flights this summer to Bucharest and Bacau.”
Some angry passengers took to social media after the low-cost airline tweeted: “Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate love and grab a last-minute gift like a #BlueAir ticket to somewhere nice and sunny such as #Larnaca or #Alicante!”
KittykKaren said: “Happy Valentine’s Day? You’ve cancelled our flights in March without reason & offered a full refund but I can’t get in touch with you to get the cash back! Appalling customer service! Please DM me with how to get my refund!”
Cecelepink added: “Happy Valentines day 😳?? I spent all day on the phone trying to sort this out and pleading with the hotel to cancel my non refundable room due to not being able to offer any alternative flights thanks for ruining our honeymoon 😥”
drzachery tweeted: “Thank you blue air for blaming brexit for canceling UK flights. Have you ever wondered why the brits voted to leave? You can stick your airline where the moon shines if you want to pull a stunt like that. I hope the brits stop visiting your country.”
While markydeedrop claimed: “They are being disingenuous. They could have done what Ryanair and Wizzair have done and created ‘Blue Air UK’ and still op. flights ex-UK. Other airlines have created UK subsidiaries to get around the new rules. It’s entirely feasible.”
Happy Valentine's Day!
With <3, Blue Air.
Celebrate love and grab a last-minute gift like a #BlueAir ticket to somewhere nice and sunny such as #Larnaca or #Alicante!😎✈️ 🏖️
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— Blue Air (@BlueAirWeb) February 14, 2019