SkyWork Airlines (Bern) was declared bankrupt on August 28, 2018 and halted all operations on the following day.
The airline issued this short statement:
SkyWork Airlines has stopped operations with immediate effect. We would like to thank you for your loyalty during the past seven years.
The Federal Office of Civil Aviation-FOCA issued this statement:
Bernese Regional Air Line Skywork Airlines AG ceased operation with immediate effect due to economic reasons. 11’000 passengers, which made bookings, are affected by the cease of operation.
Previously on October 16, 2017, the Federal Office of Civil Aviation announced it would to terminate SkyWork’s air operator’s certificate (AOC) after October if the airline failed to provide information on sufficient funds to maintain operations during the winter schedule.
SkyWork Airlines was unable to provide the necessary funding and was forced to cancel all flights for the winter schedule.
Negotiations failed to find a new investor and the airline decided to declare bankruptcy.
The company started in 1983.
Top Copyright Photo: SkyWork Airlines SAAB 2000 HB-IZT (msn 036) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943336.
SkyWork Airlines (Bern) has demonstrated sufficient financial backing and has secured a new Air Operators Certificate (AOC). The airline resumed operations on November 1, 2017 with its winter schedule.
After the announcement of expiry of SkyWork Airlines AG operating licence and cancellation of its flights from Bern (Berne), the Star Alliance carrier Adria Airways will establish flight connections from Bern starting on November 6, 2017.
Adria Airways will shortly station two aircraft in Bern and ensure continued connection between the Swiss capital and major European cities. Bern will thus continue to be connected to Berlin (TXL), Hamburg (HAM), Munich (MUC) and Vienna (VIE).
The planned flight schedule is as follows:
Update: Adria Airways cancelled plans for Bern service with the resumption of operations by SkyWork Airlines.
Copyright Photo: The new Bern flights will be operated by Adria Switzerland (Darwin Airline). Adria Switzerland SAAB 2000 HB-IYD (msn 059) (Etihad Regional colors) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 939608.
Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has now received approval from FOCA to acquire a 33.3 percent share of Darwin Airline (Lugano), now operating as Etihad Regional.
Etihad issued this statement:
Etihad Airways has received the approval from Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation to take a 33.3 percent stake in Darwin Airline – a Swiss regional carrier.
Beginning January 2014, according to a brand partnership deal with Etihad Airways, Darwin Airline has operated as Etihad Regional.
FOCA’s approval of the investment now allows Etihad and Darwin to fully benefit from the partnership, including using codeshares on each other’s flights.
“Because of the time it took to secure this deal, and due to the fierce competition during this period, Etihad Regional has been obliged to withdraw or reduce services on numerous routes. They were launched based on the fact that they would benefit from the support of traffic running between our global network and our Etihad Regional European network,” said James Hogan, President and CEO of Etihad Airways.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. SAAB 2000 HB-IZZ (msn 048) approaches the runway at Zurich.