Launch of flights from Brno to Europe delayed
Legal procedures have delayed the launch of new routes that will connect Brno with seven other European cities. Photo: Brno International Airport Tuřany, credit: @Brno Daily
Brno, Feb 23 (BD) – The Romanian air carrier Blue Air and South Moravia Region were to launch new air routes by the end of March, but they have announced a delay due to legal processes.
“At present, the legal due diligence process is ongoing and the negotiations with the carrier continue. These are taking a little longer than originally planned. However, given the scale of the project and its international scale, it’s nothing unusual,” Blue Air Moravia writes on its official website.
“Yet on Wednesday January 31, Blue Air Moravia’s website reported that ticket sales would begin in February,” reported Czech transport website Z dopravy on February 1 2018.
The new timeline is yet to be defined. “The new date has not been set yet due to the legal process, [which] has been protracted because it involves the establishment of a joint venture between the South Moravian Region and the carrier. This is a rather complex legal process with an international dimension,“ Alena Knotková from the press department of the South Moravian governor said to Brno Daily.
At this point, it is unclear when passengers will be able to fly from Brno to Lviv, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, and Brussels (operating year round); and to Split and Dubrovnik from Brno (operating only during the summers).
“All efforts are being made to launch operations this year,” assured Knotková. “Tickets will go on sale after the completion of the legal process,” Knotková added.
In late 2017, the South-Moravian Regional Council supported the launch of the new routes with the establishment of a new airline, Blue Air Moravia Transport, in which the South-Moravian Region has a 35% share. Brno Daily reported on it here: Brno Turany Airport: Blue Air opens seven new routes.
“In this company, the majority (65%) shareholder will be BLUE AIR airlines (S.C. Blue Air-Airline Management Solutions S.R.L.),” the region announced in a press release.
The decision to establish Blue Air Moravia Transport was taken after Wizz Air left Brno Airport last year.
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