East Coast Wine Trail

East Coast Wine Trail
East Coast Wine Trail

Saturday, 27 April 2019

UPDATE: Airline out of business

Troubled Brazilian airline Avianca Brasil has cancelled more than 1,000 flights over the past week after being forced to return almost 20 leased aircraft to their owners. 

Avianca refused to disclose exactly how many remaining aircraft it has, but is thought to be just seven, travel news website Travel Mole reported. 

At the beginning of April the airline scrapped several long-haul routes from Sao Paulo, including Miami and New York. Fresh cancellations include flights from Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro. 

Affected customers can submit requests for refunds or re-book through partner airlines as Avianca fights to avoid joining several small airlines that have recently gone out of business leaving customers stranded. 

Avianca Brasil filed for bankruptcy protection last December due to mounting debts including airport and lessor fees.

Some of the airline's assets, including valuable airport slots, are expected to be sold at auction early next month. Rival carriers Azul, LATAM and GOL are all vying for the slots.

Avianca was founded in 2002 as Ocean Air. 

UPDATE: All flights on bankrupt airline Avianca Brazil have been suspended indefinitely after Brazilian regulators grounded the airline. The Brazilian carrier, which is a member of Star Alliance, already cancelled thousands of flights last month after most of its aircraft were repossessed

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