Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018

Authorities say no applications to resume Windjet's flights


(ANSA) - Rome, October 1 - Despite reports that collapsed
air carrier Windjet is being given a new life, Italy's civil
aviation agency says it has received no requests by anyone
wanting to resume the company's business.
Italy's National Civil Aviation Authority said Monday that
it has not received any request for a new licence that would
permit Windjet or a Newco to take flight.
And if such a request was received, the agency says it
would be bound by European regulations to carefully confirm the
new company's "financial, technical and operational
However, Windjet owner Nino Santos told newspaper La
Sicilia that he has a provisional licence to resurrect the
low-cost carrier under a new name, Aero Sicilian, while
retaining the W brand on its planes.
Flights are scheduled to resume December 5.
Windjet declared bankruptcy last summer, stranding
thousands of passengers and leaving many more holding worthless
Meanwhile, a Sicilian politician warned that although a new
carrier might save Windjet jobs, it should not expect financial
support from government.
"The Windjet story must be resolved, but not by asking
Sicilians to put their hands in their pockets," warned Simona
Vicari, provincial coordinator of the PDL in Palermo.
Angry Windjet workers have been fighting for their jobs
since the carrier collapsed under the weight of debt reaching
about 140 million euros.

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