Following the news today that holiday firm XL has gone into administration stranding tens of thousands of Britons abroad, Skyscanner has offered a ray of hope to those searching for replacement flights.
XL airlines, which flies to 50 destinations, most of which are Mediterranean sun spots, has cancelled all of its flights and grounded all of its aircraft.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), 85,000 passengers could be stranded abroad and 200,000 more have made advance bookings which have now been cancelled.
The CAA has announced that it is making arrangements to assist passengers who have been stranded by XL’s demise, and are planning to bring in substitute aircraft to fly the people back to the UK. XL has blamed the collapse on high fuel costs and the economic downturn.
Skyscanner, a flight search engine website that searches hundreds of airlines and thousands of flight routes, has announced a 269% increase on flight searches for XL routes since the news of the collapse broke this morning, and expects to see a sharp upswing as news spreads.
Barry Smith, co-founder and business director for Skyscanner, commented:
“The collapse of XL is a big knock to the airline and travel industry. We advise those who had planned to fly with XL airline, to use Skyscanner to search the flight market and find alternative airlines or nearby routes so that they can still travel”.
Skyscanner has proved a vital resource to thousands of travellers who have been affected by airline collapse and cancellation in the last month. Only two weeks ago, following the collapse of Zoom, Skyscanner search traffic for UK-North America routes spiked, and yesterday’s announcement that Ryanair cancelled a slew of Edinburgh flights also led to a vast increase in search traffic on Skyscanner for Edinburgh Routes.
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