Air Berlin cancels flights
October 31, 2017
German Carrier, Air Berlin, announced further flight cancellations in mid September, stating that over 200 of its pilots had reported sick. The flight cancellations affect both its domestic and international route networks. The union representing the airline’s pilots, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), claims that the mass pilot outage is not a collective or concerted effort and instead recommended that staff fulfil their contractual and occupational obligations. The airline had previously sustained a number of years of severe losses, which had resulted in cost cutting measures.

Monarch Airlines Ceases Operations
October 31, 2017
UK based carrier, Monarch Airlines, announced on the 2nd of October that it would be ceasing all operations effective immediately. The airline reportedly failed to secure a renewed Air Travel Organisers Licence and as a result, was forced to stop flights. A number of bodies have expressed interest in purchasing the now defunct carrier and its airport slots The UK Civil Aviation Authority has stated the primary focus at this time is the repatriation of over 100,000 passengers stranded overseas due to the cessation of services.

Air Vanuatu board dismissed
October 31, 2017
The entire board of members of state carrier; Air Vanuatu, were reportedly dismissed at the end of August. The airline has been undergoing a period of intense restructuring since early 2016 which has resulted in the implementation of a number of cost cutting measures. The airline has also recently secured an additional government loan of USD 3.8 million. No direct reason was given for the removal of the board members.


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