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Holidaymakers stranded as Icelandic Wow Air collapses and cancels all flights

Icelandic budget airline Wow Air has gone into administration and cancelled all future flights, leaving thousands of travellers stranded.

The company grounded aircraft early Thursday morning while claiming it was in the final stages of completing an agreement with a group of investors and further information would be provided.

But following months of talks with the potential new backers, it has apparently failed to secure a cash line, causing the airline to cease operation.

Paris, France - August 17, 2018: WOW Air Airbus A330 airplane at Paris Charles de Gaulles airport (CDG) in France. | usage worldwide
Wow Air has cancelled all flights leaving travellers in holiday limbo (Picture: DPA/PA Images)

All future flights have now been cancelled and passengers have been urged to re-book alternative flights with other airlines.

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Wow had UK services operation from London Gatwick, London Stansted, Bristol, and Edinburgh.

The carrier flew to 27 destinations in total, connecting Europe and North America via Reykjavik and employed around 1,000 staff.

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One passenger, who travelled from Paris on a Wow flight last night, described how officers entered the plane when they landed in Baltimore.

Landed in Bmore last night from Paris on WOW and since I needed a wheel chair, I was one of the last to exit and thought it strange that police officers were entering plane and now wondered if the plane was seized. #wowair #prayingforticketholders #bwi pic.twitter.com/UMVMg9dYPO

— rita walters (@ritalwalters) March 28, 2019

Rita Walters wrote: Landed in Bmore last night from Paris on WOW and since I needed a wheel chair, I was one of the last to exit and thought it strange that police officers were entering plane and now wondered if the plane was seized. #wowair #prayingforticketholders #bwi.

Another passenger shared a melancholy video, showing his final flight with the now defunct airline.

Noel Philips shared the video on Twitter and wrote: My last takeoff with @wow_air from #Keflavik #Iceland. Kveðja guys. #WowAir.

Wow Air said in a statement: Wow Air has ceased operation. All Wow Air flights have been cancelled.

My last takeoff with @wow_air from #Keflavik #Iceland. Kveðja guys. #WowAir

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