Passengers stranded after airline closure
FORTY-six Swiss tourists were left stranded in Jersey when an airline went out of business.
SkyWork Airlines, which operated services to and from Bern, had been experiencing financial difficulties for a number of months and was finally shut down on Thursday.
It is thought that the airline had been planning to continue flying into Jersey until October.
Following the closure, a Blue Islands aircraft was chartered by the defunct company to fly 27 passengers to Zurich, while 19 other people are understood to be making their own way back to Switzerland.
A spokeswoman for Visit Jersey said that the whole industry was working to help repatriate the visitors. ‘Ports of Jersey have issued advice for those passengers with contact details and procedures to follow dependent on how their travel was booked,’ she said.
A number of airlines are now offering ‘rescue fares’ from UK airports to those affected by the problems.
A spokeswoman for easyJet, one of the companies offering discounted flights, said: ‘We are sorry to see the news about SkyWork and appreciate the anxiety that their customers will be facing now. EasyJet is working in collaboration with FOCA [the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation] to organise the rescue operation of SkyWork passengers and will be offering a dedicated rescue fee, including hold luggage, to all affected customers up to 16 September on direct easyJet flights to and from Switzerland. Passengers can contact easyJet’s customer service to benefit from this rescue fare, available upon presentation of their original SkyWork booking reference.’
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