08/28/2015 10:46 EDT | Updated 08/28/2016 01:12 EDT

Activist files for emergency help for SkyGreece Airline's stranded passengers

TORONTO — The Canadian Transportation Agency is being asked for an emergency order to protect and compensate stranded passengers of SkyGreece Airlines, which ceased operations on Thursday after more than a week of disrupted service.

A claim filed by passenger rights advocate Gabor Lukacs says the federal agency has broad powers and should use them now to protect an estimated 1,000 passengers affected by recent flight cancellations by SkyGreece Airlines.

He is calling on the agency to order SkyGreece to rebook its stranded passengers on other airlines without delay, within 24 hours.

He also wants the agency to order SkyGreece to put up $8.7 million of security to cover claims by passengers.

Lukacs says in his filing that SkyGreece's main asset is its only plane, parked at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, and passengers would be left without any remedy if the airline is allowed to dispose of the aircraft.

A notice posted on SkyGreece's website apologizes for its "current operational crisis" and advises passengers to contact their travel agency to arrange alternative travel and accommodations.

The Canadian Press

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