XL Airways France Suspends Operations

XL Airways (SE/XLF) has officially announced that it has ceased operations. The airline claims that this suspension is temporary, and that it will resume operations around October 3, provided it finds cash resources before that time. “In collaboration with the French civil aviation authority and the administrators appointed by the relevant French Court, due to its financial difficulties, XL Airways is deeply sorry to have to announce that it is suspending its operations,” stated a spokesperson for the airline. All four of the airline’s Airbus A330 aircraft, which comprise its total fleet, are grounded at Paris’ Charles de Gaule Airport, where they will be stored for the foreseeable future. No airlines have bid on XL Airways as a potential buyer in order to rescue the airline. The Air France – KLM Group was reportedly interested at some point but pulled out of negotiations in order to prevent strikes at Air France. XL Airways is one of several European airlines to cease operations in recent weeks. Adria Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines and Aigle Azur have also ceased operations recently. More airlines may follow, as Norwegian Air Shuttle remains in financial trouble and other airlines follow suit. A combination of Brexit, the beginning of the winter season and decreased passenger demand have lead to several airlines encountering major issues. 


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