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Thousands of Globespan customers may only get 5% back

23 March 2010

Thousands of customers owed money by failed airline Flyglobespan may only get 5% of their fares back.

About 40,000 people, including hundreds of staff, were owed money or were left with worthless tickets.

PricewaterhouseCoopers said customers who paid by credit card or Visa debit could claim compensation but up to 8,000 others may receive just 5%. It would take up to two years to process all the Flyglobespan claims and called for better regulations to protect customers in future business failures.

source: BBC News

FlyGlobespan cash recovery move

6 January 2010

Accountants chasing creditors of the failed airline FlyGlobespan have taken legal action against the company that was handling online ticket sales (E-Clear).

The administrators’ action comes on top of three other legal cases lodged against E-Clear. Finance Secretary John Swinney welcomed the move.

E-Clear has also been fighting an action raised by those winding up SkyEurope, a Slovakian airline. It is claimed E-Clear was withholding £13m in ticket sales when that company went under last summer.

FlyGlobespan’s collapse left thousands of holidaymakers stranded abroad.

source: BBC News

Scot airline Flyglobespan to file for bankruptcy

17 December 2009

Scottish airline Flyglobespan is filing for bankruptcy and its fights have been grounded, administrators appointed to help salvage the company announced Wednesday.

Flyglobespan’s 10 aircraft served about a dozen destinations across Britain and Europe, as well as Orlando, Florida, and the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh.

Flyglobespan was established in 1970 and provided flights and package vacations from Scotland’s major cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

A message on the airline’s Web site said “‘all flights have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.'”

source: Business Week

Flyglobespan to initiate flights to Turkey

23 August 2008

Flyglobespan, a low-cost Scottish airline based in Edinburgh, has announced that it will launch direct flights to Turkey next summer.

Considering the rising interest of British tourists in Turkish holiday spots in recent years, Flyglobespan has decided to offer direct flights to Dalaman, a popular Turkish resort.

Similarly, EasyJet, a low-cost British airline, had started offering flights to certain destinations in Turkey last year.


Airline fined £5,000 for flying faulty plane

4 August 2008

A budget airline allowed a faulty jet to complete a 6,000-mile round trip from New York to Liverpool and back across the Atlantic despite knowing there was a problem with its engine monitors after it had been struck by lightning, a court heard today.

The company had used some “‘optimistic interpretation'” of rules to allow take-off from, Liverpool, leaving the crew to manually adjust the throttle with the help of another gauge.


Flyglobespan to bring in surcharges after diving to £19m loss

31 May 2008

Flyglobespan, Scotland’s largest airline, said it would introduce surcharges on long-haul flights as it revealed its finances had plunged into the red after a turbulent summer and the rocketing price of oil.

Rick Green, the Edinburgh-based company’s chief executive, yesterday told The Herald that while the company was “‘about three-quarters hedged'” against further oil price rises, it was planning to introduce surcharges of £20 to £25 per passenger on flights this year.

source: The Herald

Airline faces safety prosecution

29 May 2008

Economy airline Flyglobespan is to be prosecuted after claims it breached strict safety rules.

The Edinburgh-based firm is accused of allowing a flight from Liverpool to New York to take off when engine sensors were not working.

The decision to prosecute was made by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

source: BBC News

New Egypt resort for airline

16 April 2008

A weekly service between Glasgow and the popular resort of Hurghada in Egypt is being launched by FlyGlobespan.

The service, which starts on November 5, is in addition to the airline’s weekly service to Egypt which flies to from Edinburgh to Sharm El Sheikh.


Emergency as man produces knife on board Scottish plane

11 April 2008

An investigation was under way last night after a Scottish aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing when a man brandished a knife on board.

Reports suggested the man threatened to harm other passengers on the plane, which was leased to a Bangladeshi airline but crewed mainly by staff from the Edinburgh-based low-cost company Flyglobespan.

A spokesman for the airline which also operates from Glasgow and Aberdeen raised concerns over airport security after the man was seen with what police described as a four inch knife during the flight.

source: The Herald

Flyglobespan rules out Liverpool-New York flight comeback

25 March 2008

Liverpool John Lennon airport’s axed transatlantic routes will not be brought back this summer.

Last year Scottish airline Flyglobespan said it would renew its New York and Toronto services in May. They were scrapped last October due to operational problems.

But the Edinburgh-based business said soaring fuel costs and the poor reliability of leased aircraft meant they were unable to return to Liverpool.