Spanair ceases operations

Spanair (Madrid Barajas) - P1000493

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After 25 years of flying, Spanish airline Spanair announced that it was ceasing operations. In 2011, the government of Catalonia granted the airline a 10.5-million Euro loan as an emergency measure. One year later, Spanair and Qatar Airways were discussing a possible takeover, but the latter pulled out of talks.

On Spanair’s website [PDF], instructions advise passengers what to do and offers them a succinct apology. But on its Facebook page, the airline wrote a heartfelt farewell message, to which many users replied with sadness. And here’s what will presumably be Spanair’s final tweet, followed by my translation:

http://twitter.com/#!/Spanair/status/163018938257645568

(We are saying goodbye. But first, to those who are impacted, please accept our
apologies and our appreciation of your patronage. Thank you, everyone.)

I too, was surprised. In fact, until today, I wasn’t aware of the dire financial situation the airline was in, much less with such beautiful surprises the airline gave their passengers on Christmas, and which have been discussed previously on airodyssey.net. It amazes me and saddens me how tough this industry is and how tough times can be.

Adeu, Spanair.

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