Hungary's Malev Airlines Ceases Operations, Strands 7,000+ Passengers

Next month, Malev – the national airline of Hungary – would have celebrated its 66th birthday. Instead, this morning it canceled all flights, ceased all operations and stranded 7,200 of its passengers.

The reason, according to the carrier’s board of directors, is that the company’s financial situation became “untenable.”

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‘Untenable’ Financial Situation for Malev

On its website, Malev apologized to all its passengers, explaining that “Unfortunately, the event occurred which we had a greatest fear of and we wanted to avoid with might and main.” Might and main weren’t enough though, and the website directs passengers to a call center number for help on getting to their destinations and the “possibilities” of compensation.

Note to Malev flyers: If you used a credit card to book your tickets, contact the card holder now to see about getting a refund.

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Hungary’s Wizz Air to Help Malev Passengers

Meanwhile, Hungary’s popular budget airline, Wizz Air has stepped up to offer Malev passengers a ‘rescue package’ on its website. Passengers can book with the carrier online or at the airport but they must hang on to their Malev ticket to show to Wizz Air employees.

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Published: February 3, 2012