|Anything but OK-UBA, as VAN AIR becomes VAN ORDINAIRE as its Czech issued operating licence is revoked ...|
Citywing told passengers not to turn up at the airports and said advice would be given on refunds in "due course".
All flights from Saturday March 11 have now been cancelled.
Julian Bray Aviation Expert comments: "Essentially anyone booking with Citywing using a credit card incurring a payment on the card of over £100, is advised to not wait for Citywing ' advice but to immediately contact their credit card company for a possible refund, as the card company is held jointly liable under the UK Consumer Credit Act.
"This type of operation is nothing new, the failed holiday airline BIA British Island Airways hired in on a seasonal wet lease basis, Romanian TAROM BAE 1-11's.
"They even managed to land one on a taxiway at Gatwick airport. The CAA promptly 'pulled the Romanian flying credentials' and required all the Romanian pilots to sit their flying exams again.... "
Citywing agents sold flights on scheduled services between the Isle of Man and various UK destinations.
It also operated a public service contracted route between Cardiff Airport and Anglesey part funded by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Citywing put down its plight to considerable losses as it had found it difficult to source alternative aircraft after Czech-registered Van Air lost its licence. An early casualty could also be the Isle of Man TT Races, although the Manx authorities are urgently seeking assistance for TT fans to visit and depart the Island by air from an alternative carrier such as Ryanair.
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