Air Leap (Stockholm-Arlanda) ceased all operations on January 24, 2022.
The airline issued this statement:
The board of Air Leap Aviation AB has decided to go into reconstruction and at the same time cancel all scheduled flights from and including January 24, 2022, it is stated in a press release from the company.
The main reason why we have made this decision is that it is not financially justifiable to continue with the material and the conditions we have today. The company has kept the operation going for the last two years during covid-19 with limited support from the public sector in Sweden. Air Leap has provided and maintained important infrastructure during the pandemic, which we believe should have been given more support when considering the extensive restrictions that our industry has experienced.
We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause for customers who have purchased tickets with the company after 24 January. All customers are asked to follow the company’s website for further information in the coming days.
History from Wikipedia:
Air Leap was founded by the same owners as the airline FlyViking. After FlyViking ceased operations in January 2018, the virtual airline Next Move was founded in March 2018 to continue operating the Ørland – Oslo Gardermoen route. Next Move was renamed Air Leap after the company bought parts of the bankrupt Swedish airline Nextjet.
The parts of Nextjet became the Swedish Air Leap, but lacked an Air operator’s certificate (AOC) to operate the Swedish routes, which is why all flights in the beginning were operated by Denmark’s Danish Air Transport (DAT), the Estonian NyxAir and the Dutch AIS Airlines, among others. On June 11, 2018 flights were resumed in Sweden. On October 19, 2018, the Swedish Transport Agency awarded Air Leap Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and registered the company as the official operator of three SAAB 340Bs. The first flight under new AOC took place on October 21, 2018 from Stockholm-Arlanda to Mariehamn.
On January 24, 2022, the company suspended operations and filed for reorganization, citing financial issues as a result of a lack of government aid from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Top Copyright Photo: Air Leap ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) SE-MDA (msn 778) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 951877.