Sunquest Vacations announced today (March 31) that it has organized replacement flights for all of its customers who might otherwise have been affected by the suspension of operations by Skyservice Airlines (Toronto). Skyservice was placed into receivership by the Ontario Court earlier today.
Skyservice was an independent supplier to Sunquest, which is part of Thomas Cook Group plc, one of the world’s leading travel groups. Since 1995, Skyservice has operated aircraft for Sunquest and other tour operators between Canada and destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico. The only Sunquest flights affected by the Skyservice shut-down originate in Toronto or Winnipeg, and represent less than a third of the remaining flights for Sunquest’s winter program which ends April 30, 2010. No flights were scheduled for today and replacement flights for the coming days have been arranged with other carriers, principally Air Transat and Enerjet.
Seventy percent of Sunquest’s remaining April winter flights are not affected and none of its customers on flights after May 1, 2010 are affected.
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Skyservice Airlines (Toronto) today (March 31, 2010) ended all operations and entered into receivership (bankruptcy protection).
The last revenue flight was flight 5G 898 from Mexico City to Toronto (Pearson) with Boeing 757-236 C-FLEU (msn 29941). Leased aircraft have already been returned to the U.K. Other airlines are being enlisted to fly some of the charter flights later this week.
Skyservice Airlines has issued the following statement:
“Skyservice Airlines today announced the shutdown of its operations following the appointment of a receiver by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Recent changes in the Canadian vacation tour market combined with Skyservice Airlines’ debt level have rendered the company unable to maintain profitable operations. As a result, one of the company’s secured lenders applied for the appointment of the receiver.
The shutdown results in the cancellation of one flight that was scheduled to depart Canada for the Dominican Republic today and its return leg, as well as all remaining flights scheduled to depart Canada during the balance of the season in April. The company has requested, and the receiver has agreed, to work with the company’s tour operator customers and other lift providers to ensure that passenger issues are resolved promptly.
Skyservice Airlines and the receiver are committed to winding up the business in an orderly and responsible manner. The company and the receiver will continue to treat employees and other stakeholders fairly and in a transparent manner throughout this process.”
Thank you to YYZNews.com for this additional information.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Operating for Signature Vacations, C-GOEV taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) hub in this interesting hybrid livery featuring TUI's colors and Skyservice/Signature titles.
Skyservice Airlines (Toronto) on December 7 leased this Boeing 757-236 now registered C-GOEV (msn 29943, ex G-CPEV) from Thomson Airways.