Cobalt airline warns passengers that all flights are cancelled

Cobalt plane and map of its last journey

Thousands more holidaymakers have had their plans thrown into disarray after a Cypriot airline cancelled all its flights.

Cypriot low-priced carrier Cobalt Air announced it was cancelling all flights from Thursday after just two years in operation, leaving passengers stranded and scrambling to get their money back.

The Larnaca-based carrier warned ticketed passengers not to go to any departure airport as no flights will operate and no staff will be present.

The couple eventually managed to book the flights for their seven friends and family members, with it costing nearly $5,900 to rebook with a new airline - doubling the cost of their wedding. Here's what you need to know if you're stranded overseas or were due to travel with the airline.

The cypriot minister of Transport has assured that the State would cover the cost of repatriation of passengers stranded on the island, as well as those overseas, and up until the 24 October.

However, a Transport Ministry official put a damper on the airline's possible revival, telling state-run Cyprus News Agency late Thursday that the licensing authority already rescinded Cobalt's operating license. She informed the passengers that there was no need as they travel on Thursday to the airport of Larnaca, the island's main mediterranean, or that they are trying to contact its offices.

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If you booked your flight through a travel agent or as part of a package, you should be protected by ATOL and will be given a full refund for the holiday. If so, they must find you an alternative flight home if you're stranded overseas at no extra cost to you.

Sarah Allen and fiancé David Bingham had spent months planning the destination wedding, organizing flights for a small group of friends and family to be with them for the big day.

Vassiliki Anastassiadou said Cyprus would cover the cost for passengers to return home up until October 24, while adding that this did not absolve the airline of its liabilities toward customers.

But the only protection for anyone who made flight-only purchases is through credit or debit card providers or travel insurance policies. Contact your card issuer.

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