A British woman is facing a nightmare seven-hour journey home after being stranded in Belgium thanks to the collapse of airline Flybmi.

The company made the shock announcement it had ceased trading on Saturday February 16, meaning many UK flights were cancelled and passengers left high and dry.

Hannah Price, 23 from Portishead, travelled to Brussels last Monday for work, Bristol Live reports .

But now instead of a two hour flight home today, she now has to travel via Amsterdam, which will take more than three times as long. 

A number of flights were cancelled, including Hannah's (file photo)
 

“I found out about the collapse yesterday," she said.  "My heart sank as soon as I saw it, although I wasn't massively surprised due to the pressures Brexit is putting on airlines.

“I kept calm and went on social media to contact the airline and ask them what to do.

“I had also already checked in so I thought there might be a chance I’d be on one of the last-ever Flybmi flights, but it wasn’t to be.”

Her rescheduled flight was organised by Brussels Airlines, a partner of FlyBMI, which put her on a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight to Bristol at no extra cost

“I managed to find the replacement flight through sheer luck and Brussels Airline saved the day to be honest,” Hannah said.

“As a business owner I’m the sole employee of the company and I have an event coming up next weekend.

“So if it weren't for this flight it would have been devastating.”

She managed to get another flight, but a two hour journey turned into seven
 

Hannah has two other flights planned with FlyBRI in March and could stand to lose around £500 unless Brussels Airlines can come to the rescue again.

It is believed that around 1,500 passengers were scheduled to fly out on Sunday before the company's announcement.

The East Midlands-based airline has said it had been badly affected by rises in fuel and carbon costs and uncertainty over Brexit.

The company has 376 staff, operates 17 planes flying to 25 European cities.

Last year the airline carried 522,000 passengers on 29,000 flights.

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