Air Australia Strands 4,000 Passengers

Airline out of cash, can't pay for fuel


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On Friday, at least 4,000 Air Australia passengers were stranded in airports in Hawaii and Thailand after the airline ran out of money to refuel its planes. Travelers have been told they must find alternate ways to their destinations. Company executives put the airline into voluntary administration overnight, a legal move similar to bankruptcy. “[Passengers] need to manage their own affairs. They actively should be trying to find another airline,” said Mark Morda, a company spokesman. Some 100,000 tickets already sold for future flights may not be honored. Hawaiian Airlines announced that it would offer “rescue fares” to stranded Air Australia customers.

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