Simple Flying; Saturday June 12, 2021
Regional Carrier Stobart Air Ceases Operations.
Irish regional airline Stobart Air has ceased its operations as of this morning. The carrier was known for operating scheduled services for regional brands such as Aer Lingus Regional. Its collapse has strongly affected regional routes from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to the UK, with widespread cancellations.

Yesterday evening, Aer Lingus was made aware that its regional partner Stobart Air would be terminating its franchise agreement with the Irish flag carrier with immediate effect. This has come about due to Stobart Air sadly having had to cease its operations. Unsurprisingly, the coronavirus pandemic appears to have played a big role.

Specifically, the ongoing health crisis has “resulted in almost no flying since March 2020” for Stobart Air. As such, it has been forced to cease trading. It will now have to appoint a liquidator. Aer Lingus’s statement confirmed that this process has already begun.

According to the Irish Times, Stobart Air had 480 staff, all of whom have been informed of the airline’s fate. The airline had operated under its current name since 2014, but had come into being decades before. Indeed, it can trace its roots as far back as the establishment of Aer Arann in 1970. The name change came about as part of a refinancing package.

By: Jake Hardiman
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NS Comment: A sad end to a promising but short era, no thanks to COVID-19.
Best wishes to all the affected staff who must now seek alternative employment in these dire days.