Goodbye CityWing and Thank you for your 4 years of service!
Today marks a rather sad today for Gloucestershire Airport. The sole commercial airline operating flights to the airport has gone into liquidation. Virtual Airline CityWing Aviation Service Limited announced the news yesterday, stating that all flights from 11th March onwards would be cancelled with immediate effect.
The move comes after the operator of CityWing flights, Czech carrier Van Air Europe, had their license suspended by the UK CAA while they were under investigation relating to safety concerns. Despite CityWing’s best efforts to charter in other aircraft to fly their routes, the company started to make a loss and become economically impossible to run.
For a full, comprehensive report on the events leading up to today, check out the World of Aviation. All the details of the safety concerns, the following investigation and the CityWing situation can be found here:
This short compilation below details the small fleet of Van Air Europe Let L-410 UVP-E9 Turbolets operating CityWing flights from Gloucestershire to the Isle of Man. I hope it is a suitable tribute to the Little White Plane, that may never grace the skies of England again.