9 DECEMBER 2013
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Belle Air Europe, based in Pristina, Kosovo, has suspended operations, a day after the airline issued a press release to reassure passengers that it was operating normally and planning future destinations including Dortmund.
The airline suspended all its services on 26 November citing “the general difficult economic situation.” The move came just two days after its parent company, Belle Air from Albania, also grounded its fleet.
Belle Air Europe was founded in 2010 and operated flights to Basel, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Malmo, Milan, Stuttgart, Venice and Verona from its base at Pristina as well as Skopje airport. Its fleet consisted of one Airbus A319-100 and one A320-200 at the time it ceased trading.
Meanwhile, Wizz Air has announced a series of “rescue fares” for passengers affected by the closure of Belle Air Europe. The Hungarian airline has launched €39.99 one-way fares on its Skopje routes (which is just two hours from Belle Air’s base at Pristina Airport) to Basel Mulhouse, Dortmund, Milan Bergamo, Venice Treviso and Malmo. To qualify for the €39.99 rescue fares, which are only valid until 15 December, passengers must be in possession of a cancelled Belle Air Europe flight reservation and bring their original reservation when they travel.
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