Bern: tour operator wants to buy Flybair

Flybair mascot (Photo: Flybair).
Flybair mascot (Photo: Flybair).

Bern: tour operator wants to buy Flybair

Flybair mascot (Photo: Flybair).
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The insolvency of the regional airline SkyWork Airlines meant that Bern-Belp was left without a home base carrier. The interest of other providers in offering regular scheduled flights to classic city destinations has remained within very narrow limits to this day. With Flybair, they wanted to take matters into their own hands in the form of a virtual carrier. But the project never went smoothly.

With a crowdfunding campaign, Bern-Belp Airport collected the start-up capital for Flybair from the local population. Originally, German Airways was presented as the operating carrier. First, holiday destinations should be served with Embraer 190 and later classic city routes with DHC Dash 8-400. But that never happened, because Helvetic Airways then operated a few holiday flights. Then you still had a clinch regarding the payment of contractually agreed but canceled flights.

Flybair has not really gained momentum since then. Among other things, we cooperate with the Lübeck flights with Lübeck Air and has the oddity that you have the world's only "codeshare" between two virtual carriers. In the meantime, the operation of the website has been outsourced to Belpmoos Reisen. The local tour operator offers, among other things, flight-only tickets for its own charter flights via the site.

It is more than unlikely that Flybair will take off again in the form originally planned. Now you have received a takeover offer that could be the ideal opportunity for the airport and the small shareholders to exit. The company announced that it had received a "takeover offer from a strategic partner". This is currently being examined and the intention is to provide information on the outcome of the talks at a later date. It has been heard from airport circles that Belpmoos Reisen is already operator of the website, wants to take over Flybair. What plans the tour operator, which enjoys an excellent reputation in the Bern region, is pursuing with the virtual airline, which has not been very successful so far, is completely open.

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René Steuer is an editor at Aviation.Direct and specializes in tourism and regional aviation. Before that, he worked for AviationNetOnline (formerly Austrian Aviation Net), among others.

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