Most of Skywings’ staff have already left the company, while its sales office in Skopje has been closed. Passengers who purchased tickets with the airline cannot refund them. A similar scenario took place with the country’s former national carrier, MAT Macedonian Airlines, which was grounded in 2009 and declared bankruptcy in 2010. Skywings International operated flights out of both Skopje and Ohrid to several major European hubs.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Skywings goes bankrupt
Skywings International 2008 - 2011The Macedonian charter airline Skywings International (operating under the name Airlift Service), which took over the bulk of passengers from MAT Macedonian Airlines following its demise, is expected to declare bankruptcy, the Kanal 5 network reports. The airline was grounded back in December 2010 due to growing debt. While the airline’s CEO promised Skywings would be back in the air within days, the airline’s faith did not play out that way. Furthermore, Skywings has not applied for an air operator’s certificate (AOC), which is granted by the national aviation authority to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes. Without it Skywings cannot fly.