It seems we’re not even out of December, and the first shut-down of 2020 has been decided, with Italian Authorities planning to suspend Earnest Airlines certificate in the New Year.
Flights and Sales for Ernest Airlines will be halted from the 13th January 2020. The halt in services was ordered by the Italian National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC).
According to Ernest Airlines, it will be possible to restore the certificate to operate services, with the airline having to meet the requirements of the legislation and requirements of ENAC.
If you’ve got flights booked, you’ll need to request a refund from the FAQ page. If your flight is cancelled, the usual rules of not going to the airport applies.
Ernest currently has a fleet of four aircraft – made up of three Airbus A320 and one Airbus A319, connecting Milan-Malpensa Airport to Spain, France, Ukraine, Albania, Ireland and domestic Italian routes.
First one down
It seems that 2020 is going to be as tough as 2019 was on carriers who can’t balance their books and make their numbers work. Ernest faced some competition on its routes, which seems to had been enough to force it into its current position.
Whilst it is possible the airline might be able to stand up on its own two feet again, the problem will be that after the 13th January, they will have aircraft on the ground earning no money.
And for any airline – that isn’t a good thing.
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