Published on : Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The first flights with Powdair, which is a new ski specialist airline has delayed its launch and cancelled all its flights even before any of its planes have taken off – leaving 5,000 winter holidaymakers in the lurch.
This new ski specialist airline from six UK airports to Sion airport in Switzerland was due to start later this month. However, the nascent carrier said in a statement last week that “Our key financial backer [has] walked away from the Powdair journey for personal reasons.” All customers will receive a full refund Powdair said in their statement after a week of declaring their postpone plans.
Last week’s statement, which was sent to everyone who had booked flights with the company, said that the airline was faced with a stark choice – either postpone the service this season or raise significant additional funds from individual investors by the end of the week. “At this late stage, community ownership is realistically the only way we’ll be able to make Powdair operational this winter,” read the statement.
Many interested parties have approached the company since they declared it on their statement and there are discussions are already underway to secure new funding. According to Powdair’s head of commercial Zoe Ombler the company received more than 100 emails offering financial help. “We apologise sincerely for the disruption to all of our customers who had travel plans with us this winter. Since [last] Monday we’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support from investors, businesses and resorts in the UK, Belgium and the Valais,” said Ombler. Ombler continued saying that they have significant investment offers from more than one professional and experienced aviation industry investment group but it would take atleast 30 days to finalise this investment.