WowAir cancelled several flights on Monday after their two airplanes were grounded. As these cancellations were unexpected, passengers were left in chaos, staff was trying to transfer passengers to Iceland somehow.
One of the airplanes is grounded at Miami International Airport, another is left at Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. WowAir has sent another plane to Montreal to transfer passengers to Iceland.
This problem of grounding aircrafts came from lessor, Bocomm leasing, due to repossessing of those two aircrafts from WowAir as violations of leasing contracts were noticed. Both Airbus A321-200 airplanes were new and were leased to WowAir two years ago.
Respectively these groundings and cancellations will put WowAir into bigger trouble since WowAir is having financial problems and is looking for a buyer or investor. Recent negotiations with Icelandair and investment firm Indigo Partners LLC failed.
Can you get flight compensation for cancelled flight in this case? If your flight was cancelled and you were informed about flight cancellation between 14 and 7 days before the departure and alternative flight arrival was more than 4 hours later than the original flight, you may get up to 600 EUR compensation. What is more, if the airlines provided you with information that your flight was cancelled less than 7 days before the departure and alternative flight arrival was more than 2 hours late, you would also have the right to receive a refund.
Furthermore, you may find more information in Cancelled Flight Compensation. However, it might be quite hard to deal with WowAir on your own since they might try to avoid paying compensation in this case, the fastest way to get your refund would be using Best Flight Compensation Companies service.