flyBAIR takes off for the first time in May

Johanna Koyser
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Last year, Bern Airport made headlines with an extraordinary idea. As the airport was lacking customers, it was decided without further ado to found its own airline: flyBAIR. In order to be able to support this project financially, private individuals were able to get the new airline flying by means of crowdfunding. Now it seems that this enterprise was crowned with success and the first flight routes of flyBAIR starting in May 2020 were announced.

With flyBAIR, Bern Airport is solving a problem virtually on its own. When SkyWork went bankrupt in 2018, the airport suddenly lost 80 percent of its traffic volume. The airport is comparatively small, which is why it has always been uninteresting for large airlines. But with the aim of operating its own flights, primarily for vacationers, flyBAIR found open ears in the surrounding area. Crowdfunding brought in 1.63 million Swiss francs from around 1,400 shareholders. In addition, Bern Airport holds 15.3 percent of the total shares in flyBAIR. In the search for a reliable partner, discussions with German Airways were discontinued. But then, Helvetic Airways was able to help. Helvetic Airways will now operate flights with Embraer E190 aircraft on behalf of flyBAIR from May onwards.

With the destinations Palma de Mallorca, Menorca and Jerez in Spain and Olbia in Italy, flyBAIR is well positioned for the holiday season. Flights to Greece are also planned. Of course, all this may sound irrelevant for international air traffic. Nevertheless, our WingMag team is very pleased with the flyBAIR project, as it shows through its many supporters that aviation is an issue worth investing in for many.

Picture © Chris Barbalis

by Johanna Koyser

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