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Australia's Macair in Administration

30th January 2009 - 09:54 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Australian regional carrier, Macair has been placed into voluntary administration.

Operations ended on January 29, and a message on the airline's website says the company is unable to 'action any requests' or 'provide more information beyond this.'

Reports say that the company has since been put in the hands of receiver and manager Justin Walsh from Ernst & Young.

The Townsville, Queensland-based airline, which operates a fleet of Saab 340s, Fairchild Metros and a single ATR-42 operated 125 flights a week to 31 centres, and was the state's largest regional carrier.

In 2008, MacAir secured a five-year Queensland Transport contract to operate subsidised air services to communities across the unprofitable northern, western and gulf regions.

MacAir asked the government for a AUS$7 million one-off ex-gratia payment, not linked to performance, which was refused.


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