Wow Air Shuts Down, Leaving Passengers Stranded at Airports

Skúli Mogensen, the founder and CEO of WOW air

Budget Icelandic carrier Wow Air has ceased all operations and left their passengers stranded at airports.

Wow Air posted a statement on their website today advising all passengers to book new flights on other airlines. Some MAY be compensated.

Wow Air CEO Skúli Mogensen told the press that more than 1,000 passengers had been affected by the grounding of their aircrafts. "I'm very sorry about this as these are people who have supported us," said Mogensen. "I'm disappointed not to honor our commitments."

Passengers were notified by others on Twitter and social media that their flights had been canceled and that they were pretty much on their own.

Other nearby airlines such as Icelandair, Wizz Air EasyJet, XL Airways and Norwegian Air are working to offer help to stranded passengers by reducing some of their fares.

So far, Wow Air said that anyone who bought their tickets with travel insurance AND OR from a European travel agent as part of a packaged tour was protected.

Wow Air started in 2011 and was known for their cheap fares over the Atlantic ocean with stopovers in Iceland.

Photo: Skúli Mogensen, the founder and CEO of WOW air (press photo)

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