It’s very much a case of ‘business as usual’ for Aer Arann at Waterford Airport, despite the appointment of an interim examiner at the airline, according to Airport Chief Executive Graham Doyle.
On Thursday last, High Court Justice Maureen Clarke appointed an examiner (Michael McAteer of Grant Thornton) to the airline ahead of a September 8th hearing regarding the airline’s application for examinership.
This development led to much speculation and counter-speculation both locally and in the national media over the weekend regarding Aer Arann’s future in Waterford, along with the long-term fate of its 320-strong workforce.
According to Aer Arann, the application was prompted by two years of loss-making (€12million) while trading in a difficult economic environment, a problem exacerbated by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.
But, attempting to allay fears about the airline’s services in Waterford, Graham Doyle said the Aer Arann shows remains intact at the Killowen-based airport.
“All Aer Arann-scheduled flights from and to Waterford Airport will continue as normal,” he said.
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