Stobart Air goes bust: What to do if your flight was cancelled

Jun 14, 2021

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This weekend, Stobart Air suddenly ceased trading and called in liquidators after a rescue deal fell through.

Stobart Air carried out 12 short-haul services for Irish airline Aer Lingus using ATR 72 aircraft. After the collapse, all flights were cancelled immediately, and customers with booked flights have been advised to not go to the airport and check the Aer Lingus website instead.

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Aer Lingus is trying to fill in the service gaps caused by around 900 weekly flights being cancelled by operating some routes directly or having them operated by BA CityFlyer.

Related: What you can do when your airline goes belly up

The accommodation of passengers and the resumption of some of the routes seems to have happened on routes from Dublin, Ireland (DUB) to Manchester (MAN), Birmingham (BHX) and Edinburgh (EDI). Seven out of the 12 routes will be resumed — five directly by Aer Lingus and two by BA CityFlyer, as reported by Irish Times. It remains unclear which routes will be resumed exactly.

The routes impacted by Stobart Air’s bankruptcy include:

  • Dublin (DUB) to Kerry (KIR);
  • Dublin (DUB) to Donegal (CFN);
  • Dublin (DUB) to Edinburgh (EDI);
  • Dublin (DUB) to Glasgow (GLA);
  • Dublin (DUB) to Manchester (MAN);
  • Dublin (DUB) to Newquay (NQY);
  • Belfast (BHD) to Edinburgh (EDI);
  • Belfast (BHD) to Exeter (EXT);
  • Belfast (BHD) to East Midlands (EMA);
  • Belfast (BHD) to Leeds (LBA);
  • Belfast (BHD) to Birmingham (BHX); and
  • Belfast (BHD) to Manchester (MAN).

Aer Lingus says that alternative operations are still being determined, and impacted customers will be contacted directly. If you are booked on one of the impacted routes, it would be a good idea to research alternative travel options while waiting for a word from Aer Lingus.

An ATR 72 aircraft at Dublin Airport. (Photo by Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Stobart Air is another addition to the list of airlines that have not been able to mitigate the financial consequences of lowered demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just this weekend, Air Antwerp also grounded all aircraft ceasing operations, extending a list already containing well-known airlines including Flybe, CityJet and Level.

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