In 2019, there were 23 airlines across the world that ceased operation and stopped flying in the sky because of various reasons, such as financial issues and lack of demand. As the year ends, let us take a look at each of them and recognise their contributions to the aviation industry.
Fleet Size: 36 (Airbus A319, A321, Boeing 737-700)
Base Airport: Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF)
Start Operation: September 5th 1978
Ceased Operation: February 5th 2019
Age: 40 years 5 months
Germania was a privately owned German airline with its headquarters in Berlin. It began by operating charter flights in 1978, then moved on to become a scheduled carrier. Germania operated to destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East from its German bases. It carried 2.5 million passengers in 2009 and had around 850 employees as of 2014. After a monetary windfall of over €15 million, the airline declared bankruptcy on February 4th 2019 and ceased operations on February 5th 2019 without any notice in advance.
2. California Pacific
Fleet Size: 4 (Embraer ERJ-145)
Base Airport: McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD)
Start Operation: November 1st 2018
Ceased Operation: January 17th 2019
Age: 2 months 16 days
California Pacific Airlines was an American regional airline that was headquartered on the grounds of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California. On December 28th 2018 California Pacific Air announced that they were suspending operations in California. In January 2019 the airline ceased all operations and is currently undergoing restructuring, though no timeline has been given by the company or its business partners.
Fleet Size: 17 (Embraer ERJ-135, ERJ-145)
Base Airport: Aberdeen, Brussels, Bristol, East Midlands, Newcastle and Munich
Start Operation: August 1987
Ceased Operation: February 16th, 2019
Age: 31 years 6 months
Flybmi was a British regional airline that operated scheduled passenger services across the UK and Europe. The head office of the airline was at East Midlands Airport in North West Leicestershire. The airline was a former subsidiary of British Midland International (BMI), which was purchased from Lufthansa by International Airlines Group (IAG) in 2012.
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