Friday, January 2, 2015

Skytrans Airlines Ceases Operations After Route Losses and Job Cuts in 2014

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Cairns-based regional airline Skytrans Airlines has voluntarily ceased operations with immediate effect from Friday 2 January. The airline made the announcement on its website late Friday - just a day after marking its 25th anniversary. This will see around 66 staff lose their jobs.

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Skytrans lost three Queensland government subsidised regional air routes to Regional Express with effect from Thursday 1 January, had been planning to continue operating on a much reduced scale, having already made 121 staff redundant late in 2014.

Mr Wild said the closure was “not only a sad day for the business, but more importantly for our staff and indeed the passengers and communities of North Queensland”.

In a statement posted on the airline’s website, managing director Simon Wild said the low Australian dollar made Skytrans’ business case for operations in 2015 unsustainable.  He said he will seek legal and financial advice over the coming days.

Skytrans operated their final flights Friday.

Skytrans did operate four-times-a-week Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights into my local Clermont Aerodrome with their Brisbane-based Dash-8 turbo-props.

Read Simon Wild's complete statement on the Skytrans website here.

A sad day...

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