HUDDERSFIELD people are among thousands of passengers left high and dry after budget airline Swe Fly cancelled its flights to and from Pakistan.
The Swedish-based company cancelled flights from September 2, because its owners could no longer finance the operations.
Thousands of customers who had snapped up the affordable flights - which started from just £351 return - have been left in limbo.
The airline began offering the cut-price flights from Luton and Leeds-Bradford airports to Pakistan in May.
In June, they increased the number of weekly flights - which go via Stockholm in Sweden - from three to six.
But passengers waiting to get home from Pakistan have now been told there is no guarantee they will get a Swe Fly flight home and they have been told to make alternative arrangements.
However, without a refund from Swe Fly, many cannot afford to book with other airlines.
Some travel agencies and insurance companies say they cannot refund customers until they recoup the cash from the airline.
Dalton woman Shazia Umair was due to travel Lahore in November with Swe Fly. She now faces losing the £1,400 she paid for tickets.
Mrs Umair also has friends who are stranded in Lahore because of Swe Fly's cancellations.
She said: "My friends from Huddersfield are in Lahore now.
"Their kids were due back at school and they were due back at work, but they can't afford to book alternative flights and just have to wait to see what Swe Fly will do.
"We have booked tickets to go to Lahore on November 28. It is my brother-in-law's wedding. It is so important for us to go.
"But if flights are not running now, what are the chances of them running then?"
Mrs Umair, of Kirkstone Avenue, was due to travel with her husband Umair Aziz and their two children.
She booked the flights with AMS Travel at Cloth Hall Street in Huddersfield. She has been told they cannot refund the £1,400 yet.
Her travel insurance company will not pay out yet either.
Without a refund, the family cannot afford more tickets.
She said: "It looks really bleak for us now. If you call the Swe Fly head office, they just put the phone down. We are being treated like we don't exist. Nobody is prepared to help."
Swe Fly has issued a statement saying it was still unable to assist passengers waiting for flights.
The company said it was waiting for the Swedish court to accept its application for protection from creditors and expects a decision early next week.
The company said: "Swe Fly's lawyers are hopeful that a solution to the company's problems will be found in the near future.
"Passengers who are unable to wait for a later, non-guaranteed flight will have to make alternative arrangements.
"The management of Swe Fly is currently unable to deal with the situation in any other way and sincerely apologise for all the inconvenience caused to passengers by the financial constraints the company finds itself in at present."