How Flyr's bankruptcy will impact airline passengers in Norway

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How Flyr's bankruptcy will impact airline passengers in Norway
Here's what travellers in Norway need to know about Flyr going bankrupt. Pictured is an airport terminal. Photo by Artur Tumasjan on Unsplash

Norwegian airline Flyr has filed for bankruptcy, with the knock-on effects expected to affect more than those who had tickets booked with the doomed airline. Here's what you should know and what you can do if affected.


Flyr filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after attempts to secure further financing failed to come to fruition. As a result of the bankruptcy, staff will be laid off, all flights will be cancelled, and ticket sales have been suspended. 

When an airline cancels a flight, customers are due a refund. However, this can be complicated when a company goes bankrupt, as it usually means the company doesn't have the funds to pay out refunds. 

Norway's consumer rights watchdog, the Norwegian Consumer Council, has advised that most people who bought a ticket with the doomed firm may still be able to get a refund. 

"But for Flyr's customers, they have paid with either a debit or credit card and then the card issuer is responsible. Then they get the money back," Thomas Iversen from the Norwegian Consumer Council told public broadcaster NRK


The bad news is for those who didn't pay with a card, as they are unlikely to get anything back. This is because customers with small amounts of money to be refunded (compared to other debtors) are pushed to the back of recovery queues. 

For card customers to get the money back, they will need to issue a claim to Flyr and then one to the card issuer to get the money refunded. 

"As a consumer, you must then make a claim to Flyr, and then the claim to the card issuer. Then you get your money back. With some, it goes quickly. With others, it takes longer," he advised. 

Both debit and credit card holders can claim a refund, as Visa and Mastercard debit services provide money-back guarantees if a merchant is unable to refund a purchase due to bankruptcy.  

However, several insurance companies have said that it would be unlikely that they would be able to claim back money spent on Flyr tickets. 

"No travel insurance covers bankruptcy. Had they done so, the insurance premium would have been completely different from what we have today," communications director Andreas Handeland at If Europeiske Reiseforsikring said. 

Knock-ons for travellers not booked with Flyr

Unfortunately, other travellers could be affected by the collapse of Flyr. Aviation analyst Frode Steen has said that the bankruptcy will affect the Norwegian market. 

"Inland, it doesn't mean anything, but on the Spain routes and the classic tourist routes, there will now be less competition, and there will be less space. The combination often results in a higher ticket price," he explained to the business and financial site E24

Flight analyst Hans Jørgen Elnæs at Winair told E24 that Flyr's downfall would increase ticket prices as it often helped push prices down. 

"There is no doubt that Flyr has been a price pusher domestically in Norway and partly outside Europe," Elnæs said. 


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