Cobalt airline warns passengers that all flights are cancelled

18 Octobre, 2018, 18:54 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Image      Cobalt has been operating since 2016

The airline's statement said future flights would not operate due to "indefinite suspension of Cobalt's operations", and advised passengers not to go to the airport.

Low-priced airline Cobalt has cancelled all flights from midnight Wednesday according to a statement on its website.

Cobalt Air, which was the largest carrier in Cyrus, operated two or three flights a day from Heathrow and Gatwick to Larnaca on the south coast of the Mediterranean island.

The airline has a staff of about 200, and had sought to fill a gap in Cypriot air transport following the demise of Cyprus Airways in early 2015, a state-controlled carrier that dominated mainly short routes from the island.

The Cypriot airline said all flights would be cancelled as of 11.50pm that night.

Britain's own Monarch Airlines entered administration a year ago in the biggest airline collapse in the country's history.

It is not yet clear how many passengers have been affected, but nine flights had been scheduled to arrive and nine to depart from Larnaca airport on Thursday.

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Airport authorities said there was no panic in the departures hall, with passengers appearing to have stayed away after learning about the airline's fate and the flight cancelations.

According to the transport minister for Cyprus, Vasiliki Anastasiadou, the state will be covering the cost of repatriation of passengers who are left stranded.

"It seems they were not able to do this, but we had also given Cobalt a deadline of October 22 to present its financial situation", she said.

Cobalt, the largest Cypriot airline since the collapse of the state-owned flag carrier, ceased operations after reports that it had failed to reach a deal with a potential European investor.

There was speculation that it was facing cash-flow problems after two of its aircraft were grounded for two days. Cobalt has yet to comment.

The remaining £17.3million in its accounts will now be used to pay staff. AJ Cyprus is owned by China's AVIC Joy Air.

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