Gambia Bird Airlines (Banjul), since the Ebola crisis spread, continued to operate the Banjul – London (Gatwick) route but dropping the stop in Sierra Leone due to the on-going crisis. A few days ago, the company announced they would add London (Gatwick)-Accra and Gatwick-Lagos flights. However yesterday (December 30), the west African airline ceased all operations.
The airline issued this statement yesterday:
Gambia Bird Airlines has suspended commercial flight operations until further notice. This operational decision is effective as of December 30.
We wish to express our sincere regrets for disrupting the travel plans of those of our esteemed guests who are booked on the suspended flights. We further wish to confirm that we will provide a full refund of all tickets purchased prior to this flight suspension.
Furthermore, Gambia Bird Airlines wishes to reaffirm that we will comply with all our obligations and that we will provide all necessary support services to passengers affected by the flight suspension.
Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. Gambia Bird Airlines-AJW Aviation (Germania) Airbus A319-112 D-ASTB (msn 4691) arrives at LGW.
Meridian Airways (Ghana) (Accra and Ostend) on July 28, 2010 was grounded by the Belgian CAA for alleged safety violations. The company can no longer operate from its OST base. Aircraft that were parked at Ostend have been permitted to ferry out of the country. So far the aircraft remain parked.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63 9G-AXD (msn 45927) is pictured at Manston before the company suspended operations.
Trying to avoid filing for bankruptcy, the company had previously decided to sell the company this month. Atlasjet was the only bidder and did purchase a 50.1 percent share in the company on June 23. Atlasjet intends to restart operations with a new AOC.
The airline of the Turkish portion of Cyprus launched scheduled operations on February 3, 1975.
Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. The company updated its livery in 2009 with this new look. Boeing 737-86N TC-CTA (msn 35643) taxies past the camera at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) before it was delivered on April 30, 2009.
Hola Airlines (Palma de Mallorca) yesterday (February 15) ceased all operations. The charter airline was operating two Boeing 737-400s (EC-KBO and LAV) and previously operated some Boeing 737-300s and one Boeing 757-200. Hola is the second airline in Spain to cease operations in 2010 (the first one was Quantum Air).
The number of airlines in Spain has dramatically fallen in the last two years (Airclass, Gadair, Girjet, Aircomet, LTE, Futura, Bravo Air, Lagun Air, Orionair, Pronair, Quantum Air and now Hola Airlines) due to the turbulent economic situation of the country.
Hola Airlines was established in 2002 and commenced charter and ACMI operations on May 15, 2002. It was originally established by Mario Hidalgo, who previously ran Air Europe Express, and is now the General Director of Hola Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Boeing 737-382 EC-IOR (msn 24449) arrives back at the Palma base. The jetliner is painted in the original 5-star 2002 livery.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on photo for more photos.
KD Avia (Kaliningrad) ceased all operations and declared bankruptcy on September 8 as it was facing a suspension of its AOC by the Russian government on September 14. Previously the carrier had suspended operations earlier this year on March 11 and was able to resume operations with backing from a bank.