Holidaymakers stranded as airline goes bustOasis airline folds but Cathay offers special deal

10 April 2008

travel airport queues

Travellers could face extensive delays

Hundreds of British holidaymakers have been left stranded after a low-cost airline operating from Gatwick Airport to Hong Kong went into liquidation.

The Britons were trying to get on to other flights after the financial collapse of Oasis Hong Kong Airlines.

'There are hundreds of people stranded, including children returning after the Easter school holidays,' said a spokeswoman in London for Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific.

Cathay deal

Cathay has announced special ticket arrangements to help Oasis passengers, who are being offered a £160 one-way economy-class fare between London and Hong Kong in a deal lasting until April 23.

Cathay operates four flights a day between Heathrow and Hong Kong.

'We are looking at the possibility of putting on extra flights,' the Cathay spokeswoman said.

Competition

Cathay Pacific chief executive Tony Tyler said: 'We will be doing our utmost to help people out, and will certainly do everything in our power to co-operate with the Hong Kong government and other carriers to minimise the impact on the travelling public.'

Oasis began flights to Gatwick in October 2006, with tickets starting as low as £75. The carrier also operated Hong Kong to Vancouver flights.

For a time, Oasis flourished but ticket prices went up and the airline faced strong competition from other airlines flying in and out of Hong Kong.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Oasis was struggling under debts of about £64 million as it fought to cope with surging fuel costs.

© The Press Association. All rights reserved