Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Spanair grounds all flights Spanair has announced the suspension of all flight operations after filing for bankruptcy protection late last week. Spain’s carrier announced over the weekend that all flights had been cancelled as it had suspended operations as of 28 January 2012.A statement from the carrier read that the decision was made “because of a lack of visible financing in the next couple of months”. “The management of Spanair is sorry and apologizes to all those who are affected by this situation,” the statement read.The carrier has since advised passengers booked to fly with the airline to contact other airlines but noted that those with tickets on flights operated by another airline member of Star Alliance would be unaffected.“However for clarification we suggest you contact the operating airline,” the carrier recommended. Meanwhile the Spanish airline said in an online statement that it was currently in discussions with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to finalise an agreement to facilitate refunds of purchased but not yet flown tickets of Spanair.“This agreement will let the travel agencies refund the complete price to those passengers that paid the ticket in a travel agency by bank transfer or cash,” the carrier said. “All other passengers who bought their tickets by credit card directly at www.spanair.com or in a travel agency, they will need enquire for refund options with their card issuer.” For more information travellers and agents can contact Spanair sales offices, AENA help desks in Spain’s airports, Airport Tourism information offices in Spain and Catalan consumer agency.