Aer Lingus have announced that it is planning to appoint a liquidator for Stobart Air- which operates the airline’s Regional routes.
It was announced last week that the company would be cancelling a number of European flights for the rest of the year, which placed doubts over any plans customers may have to travel abroad.
Now it has emerged that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken too much of a toll on the company- and Stobart Air is to shut down.
A statement from the company reads: “It is with great regret and sadness that Stobart Air can confirm that the Board is in the process of appointing a liquidator to the business and the airline is to cease operations with immediate effect.
“This unavoidable and difficult decision means that all Aer Lingus Regional routes, currently operated by Stobart Air under its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus, have been cancelled.
“Stobart Air operated 12 routes from Dublin Airport and Belfast Airport and all passengers booked on the following Aer Lingus Regional routes are advised to check the Aer Lingus website for up to date information on refund or rebooking options:
- Belfast Airport to: Edinburgh; Exeter; East Midlands; Leeds; Birmingham and Manchester
- Dublin Airport to: Kerry; Donegal; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Manchester and Newquay
“Stobart Air apologises to all its customers for the inconvenience caused at short notice.
“All 480 staff at the airline have been informed.
“Last April, Stobart Air announced that a new owner had been identified. However, it has emerged that the funding to support this transaction is no longer in place and the new owner is now unable to conclude the transaction.
“Given the continued impact of the pandemic which has virtually halted air travel since March 2019 and in the absence of any alternative purchasers or sources of funding, the Board of Stobart Air must take the necessary, unavoidable and difficult decision to seek to appoint a liquidator.
“A franchise flying partner to leading domestic and international airlines, Stobart Air has acknowledged the significant contribution, loyalty, dedication of its 480-stong team of skilled and talented aviation professionals.”