Dublin based regional airline, Stobart Air has sadly collapsed after failing to find a buyer and all flights across the network have been cancelled.
A statement from Aer Lingus said the company was informed by Stobart Air that it was ending its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus and all flights were cancelled, the collapse of the airline partly blamed on the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen little flying for most airlines, particularly Stobart Air whos flights were severely affected. The last flight from Dublin to Bristol operated before the initial lockdowns in 2020.
Stobart Air managing director Andy Jolly told staff an attempt to acquire the regional carrier from owner Esken by Isle of Man-based firm Ettyl had fallen through. “Ettyl advised Esken that its original funding package to support the transaction was no longer available and that itwas is discussions on alternative funding options.”
Which? Travel editor Rory Boland said: “Aer Lingus passengers who have been affected by these cancellations will want to know that their money and bookings are safe, so it is right that the carrier is contacting passengers to discuss their refund or rebooking options. It must also ensure that any passengers left stranded as a result are rebooked onto an alternative flight at their earliest convenience.
“Stobart Air ceasing trading will be sobering news for the industry as the pandemic’s impact continues to wreak havoc on the travel sector.
“With most foreign travel still grounded, it’s vital the government steps in with tailored support for the travel industry.”