JetGo wound up

Regional Australian carrier JetGo has gone into liquidation as expected after an order by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, with little prospect in the short-term of the majority of its public service routes being picked up by other potential operators.

A court ruling in favour of Dubbo regional council saw JetGo Australia wound up and a liquidator appointed due to nearly Aus$300,000 in outstanding fees owed to the council while the airline was operating out of Dubbo City Regional Airport.

JetGo had cancelled all flights at the beginning of June and filed for voluntary administration soon after following reports it was experiencing a critical shortage of cash and operating just two aircraft out of six jets it possesses. A report to creditors showed JetGo owed approximately $38 million to several regional councils, airline customers and other creditors.

The airline had been servicing cities across regional Australia including Wollongong, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Rockhampton, Townsville, and Karratha.

Several regional councils are in the process of releasing open tenders inviting airlines to restore regional air services. Dubbo regional council, for example, has already done a deal with Fly Corporate to establish services between the town and Brisbane and Melbourne using a 34-seater Saab 340B Plus starting in August.


Written by: Mark Thomas

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