Sunday, August 12, 2012

Wind Jet ceases operations

The Italian low-cost airline Wind Jet has ceased all operations on yesterday evening, August 11. It was planned, that Alitalia would acquaire the loss-making low-cost carrier, but the plans were dropped surprisingly on 1st  August.

The cash-stricken carrier Wind Jet had no chanche to survive without major new funding, so subsequent the airline got faced with it´s own end. On Friday the operations descended into chaos. Several flights were cancelled and were delayed. The Italian aviation authority ENAC organized replacement fligts. The near-bancrupt airline tried to continue operations anyway. On same date ENAC threatened the airline with the withdrawal of the AOC on Monday and suspended ticket sales. On Saturday evening the airline had to cease all remaining operations.

Wind Jet was founded in 2003 as successor of failed Air Sicila. The low-cost carrier had at last a fleet of five leased Airbus A319 and seven leased Airbus A320s. The main base was at Catania Airport, a second base was located at Palermo Airport. Wind Jet connected several Italian destionations with Palermo and Catania. Furthermore a huge number of flights from cities in northern Italy to international destinations in Russia, Germany, France, Denmark and other European countries were operated with flight connections to Palermo and Catania. Wind Jet had code-share agreements with Meridiana fly.

In 2011 Wind Jet carried 2.800.000 passengers on it´s flights. The airline was noted for a bad on-time performance, dirty planes and bad service in the recent years. In return, the airline was one of the cheapest in Italy. Wind Jet had about 500 employees.

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