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SkyEurope halts operations

September 1, 2009

SkyEurope, a Slovakia-based low-cost airline that had sought protection from creditors in June, announced Tuesday that it had ceased all operations, effective immediately.

In a message to passengers on its Web site, the airline advised passengers that had purchased tickets with a credit card to seek a refund from their card issuer for all unused portions of their SkyEurope flights. Passengers who bought tickets via other means will most likely not receive refunds, SkyEurope said.

Travelers who are already at their destinations with return flights booked on SkyEurope will have to purchase a one-way ticket on another carrier at their own expense, the airline said.

SkyEurope, which began service in 2002, operated a fleet of a dozen Boeing 737s and served 38 destinations in 19 European countries. It carried nearly 2.9 million passengers in the year to July 31, though in recent months as many as one-quarter of its seats went unsold.

SkyEurope had halted services to and from Vienna’s airport on Aug. 15 after the airline had missed a deadline to pay outstanding debts.

[Source: NYTimes]

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