The financial collapse of Spanish airline Spanair has stranded dozens of passengers.
According to Spanish airport operating firm, the carrier announced that it would cease operations beginning at 02:00 local time on Saturday. The move left many passengers searching for last-minute empty seats on other carriers, local news agencies report.
The company said in its official statement that it following the stoppage of operations that it would be taking “legal and pertinent” measures due to a “lack of financing” over the next several months. It added that the company’s management wanted to offer apologies to all people affected by the situation.
Meanwhile, numerous travellers remain stuck at Barajas Airport in Madrid as other airlines work to offer seats to Spanair passengers, a spokeswoman for the airport said late on Sunday.
Similarly, officials from El Prat airport in Barcelona, the hub for Spanair, said that some 20 of the company’s aircraft are now sitting unused on the facility’s tarmac. A spokesman said that on a typical Sunday the company would operate 27 departures from Barcelona.
Several carriers are providing special fares for affected Spanair customers, including Air Europa, Vueling and Iberia, which said it was operating a “contingency plan” to provide service for stranded passengers.