Airline & ProFootball League Leave Passengers/Players Stranded After Folding
No warning. People left stranded. No support from the executives and complete chaos.
I wasn’t sure if I was reading a story on the collapse of WOW Air or the end of the Alliance of American Football, the short-lived (eight games) AAF.
Both the airline, which was a carrier specializing in flights to Iceland, and the AFF suddenly – and without warning – ceased operations within about a week of each other. And there are a lot of similarities in how the two did it, so much so you would think they were run by the same executives.
WOW Air left thousands of passengers stranded and offered nothing in return. Their planes simply did not take off from airports. The airline provided no refunds, no hotel rooms for people to stay in or did nothing else to help its former customers.
Just change the name of the company and insert “players” for “customers” and you have the same scenario at the AAF.
Players were either told on, or pulled off, the practice field that they no longer had jobs. They were told to get out of their hotel rooms by that evening (apparently the league had failed to pay the bill causing the hotel to boot the occupants), and they they had to get back home on their own.
This is no way to run a business.
Yet it happened. Twice. Within a week. In two different arenas, sports and travel.
There is a lesson here, at least when it comes to travel. When a deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is, so be prepared for inconveniences, cancellations and, apparently, for a company to fold right before your eyes.