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TICKET CONSOLIDATOR FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

A Washington-based airline ticket consolidator, Euram Flight Center, has closed its doors and filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, leaving passengers and travel agents without tickets they had purchased but not yet received.

Euram has been in business for 18 years and sold more than 140,000 tickets a year, according to Travel Weekly. It closed the doors of its Washington office on July 22 and filed for bankruptcy protection in Florida, where it has an office in Fort Lauderdale.

The company's owner, David Scott, told the trade newspaper that he hoped to resume business after reorganizing the company. He also said that 90 percent of ticket purchases from Euram were made with credit cards and that those customers should request a credit on their accounts.

Consolidators are companies that sell discounted tickets for seats that the airlines cannot fill on their own. The tickets usually have more restrictions than those bought directly from the airlines -- frequent-flier mileage is often denied, for instance -- but many travelers turn to them because of the lower fare.

Customers who paid by cash, check or money order will have to file a claim form with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami.