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Blow for Gloucestershire Airport as airline goes into liquidation

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Written by: Gloucester Citizen & Gloucestershire Echo | Posted 13 March 2017 7:13

Blow for Gloucestershire Airport as airline goes into liquidation

An airline which had operated popular flights to Jersey and the Isle of Mann from Gloucestershire has stopped trading leaving passengers disappointed.

CityWing announced last night that it has stopped trading with immediate effect, it had been flying routes from Staverton for many years.

The company is now in liquidation.

"As a result of Van Air losing their route licenses on Friday 24th February 2017, the company has found it difficult to source suitable viable aircraft to fulfil our contracts. The company has tried to offer a service whilst suffering considerable losses but these have proved unfortunately to be commercially unsustainable.

"It is therefore with much sadness and deep regret that the Directors of Citywing Aviation Services Limited have had to take the difficult decision to close the company today and put the company into liquidation. This decision has not been taken lightly and has been made to protect creditors.

"Flights on 11th March 2017 onwards have all been cancelled

"We request that you do not turn up at the airports for your flights as there will be no one to assist.

"A liquidator will be appointed and they will advise in due course on how to get a refund on your tickets."

Gloucestershire Airport also released a statement via the airport's Facebook page adding: "We are already in discussion with other aircraft operators regarding longer term alternatives for our Isle of Man and Jersey services, which have operated successfully for the last decade."

Spokesman Darren Lewington added: "Naturally, we're disappointed at this news but are already talking to other operators about the possibility of taking up the Isle of Man and Jersey services, which have operated successfully for a decade. Our tour operator OSET Holidays is also working hard to find alternative flights for those passengers who have booked summer Jersey package holidays.

"As the UK's busiest general aviation airport, handling over 80 000 flights per year, scheduled services are a very small part of our operation, accounting for around only 1% of our total traffic. With the Cheltenham Festival – our busiest week of the year -about to begin and strong growth in our corporate and business aviation sectors since the completion of our runway safety project, it is very much 'business as usual' for us in terms of operations."

 

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