More than 20,000 Passengers Effected by Spanair Shutdown

Spain’s financially troubled airline Spanair abruptly ceased operations late Friday, and the AP is reporting this has effectively stranded some 22,000 passengers booked on hundreds of now-canceled flights.

Few Options for Passengers

The Spanair website has issued a brief apology and advises passengers to contact their travel agency or credit card issuer for options.

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It is clear that Spanair guarantees nothing in the way of refunds. It notes it is in contact with other airlines – including Vueling, Iberia and Air Europa – and it suggests these airlines might offer special fares to some passengers, but flyers are advised to seek out those carriers’ websites for further information.

Spanair Tickets via Star Alliance Flights Affected

Spanair’s site also points out that if a Spanair ticket has been purchased through a Star Alliance member, “we cannot guarantee that your flight is protected.” These flyers are also being told to contact the other airline.

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There are now 26 members of the Star Alliance including United, US Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa and Air New Zealand.

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Published: January 30, 2012