In Italy suspend a license to transport a low-cost airline Ernest Airlines, which serves Italian, Albanian, Ukrainian and Russian markets. By the decision of the civil aviation authority ENAC, a ban on the carriage of passengers and cargoes will begin to operate from January 13, according to Corriere della Sera.
The reason for the ban, the regulator calls the “violation of the provisions of EC regulation No. 1008 of 2008, which provides General rules for the provision of air services in the European Union”. But, according to the newspaper, this could happen due to the financial problems of the low-cost carrier, reports thebabel.net
For several months, according to the newspaper’s sources, the company was experiencing economic difficulties and delayed payment of wages to employees. “If the carrier will provide a guarantee according to the rules of the community, the suspension may be canceled,” – said in a release ENAC.
Otherwise, the carrier can’t sell tickets for flights after January 13, and to fly after that date. “License remains valid until 13 January, also taking into account the current holidays and Christmas on 7 January”, – stated in ENAC.
In 2018, the airline Ernest Airlines carried slightly less than 611 thousand passengers, including Albania (Tirana), Ukraine and out of it (Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Odessa). The carrier was in Italy, but funded by Swedish billionaire Markus Persson, who became famous for selling their own video game “Minecraft” in 2014 to Microsoft for $2.5 billion.