France’s second-largest airline Aigle Azur, which went into receivership this week, plans to cancel all flights starting Friday night as it seeks a takeover bid to save the company, according to an internal document seen by AFP on Thursday.
Aigle Azur had warned earlier that some flights would be halted and all ticket sales suspended from September 10, the day following a deadline for submitting bids to acquire the airline.
“The company’s financial situation and the resulting operational difficulties do not allow us to ensure flights after the evening of September 6,” according to a statement addressed to employees.
“If you take a flight after September 6, 2019, whatever the airport of departure this flight is cancelled. You will have to buy another return ticket,” the carrier said.
Aigle Azur, which said it would run 44 flights on Friday, mainly to Algeria, urged affected passengers to check on their existing insurance notably via their credit card provider for reimbursement.
The airline had initially pledged to maintain operations after filing for bankruptcy protection on Monday, following years of losing millions of euros.