AUSTRALIA: AustraliaÃ¢â‚¬™s rural carriers dropping like flies
Another carrier – AustraliaÃ¢â‚¬™s Queensland- based carrier SkyAirWorld Ã¢â‚¬“ has gone belly-up joining the swelling ranks of small rural aviation service providers downunder that are falling victim to theglobal recession. SkyAirWorldÃ¢â‚¬™s troubles could also spill over to East TimorÃ¢â‚¬™s upstart national carrier Timor Air which had wet leased one of SkyAirWorldÃ¢â‚¬™s 94-seat Embraer aircraft to […]
April 1, 2009
SkyAirWorldÃ¢â‚¬™s troubles could also spill over to East TimorÃ¢â‚¬™s upstart national carrier Timor Air which had wet leased one of SkyAirWorldÃ¢â‚¬™s 94-seat Embraer aircraft to fly from Dili to Darwin and Bali. The Brisbane carrier also provided pilots and crew. It also throws into question the plans of Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air which formed a joint venture with the Aussie carrier last year to establish a domestic airline in Australia.
SkyAirWorld called in a voluntary administrator after GE CapitalÃ¢â‚¬™s aircraft leasing arm, GECAS, repossessed the carrierÃ¢â‚¬™s five Embraer aircraft, which follows last monthÃ¢â‚¬™s grounding of three aircraft and sacking of 40 staff .
The aviation turmoil has hit rural Australia hard with another Queensland carrier, MacAir collapsing in January, preceded by Regional ExpressÃ¢â‚¬™ Dubbobased carrier, Air Link in December.
Rex, the nationÃ¢â‚¬™s largest independent regional carrier, has seen a 20 per cent slump in passengers in January while its charter operator, Pel Air, suffered a 40 per cent fall in freight volumes. SkyAir- World was to begin direct passenger and cargo flights from Perth to the Cocos and Christmas islands from April.