The new local airline TUS, has been grounded before its first flight after its air operator certificate was suspended, the Cyprus Mail learned on Tuesday.
According to a source within the civil aviation department, the airline’s air operations were suspended on Friday due the fact that a number of staff left the company, leaving a “gap in the continuation of the company’s operation”.
More specifically, the director of flight operations, the ground operations director and the deputy ground operations director quit.
At the moment, the company cannot operate flights, the source said, until it fulfils all the necessary requirements asked by civil aviation. Due to the suspension, the Larnaca based company’s first flights to Tel Aviv and Haifa scheduled for February 14, were cancelled.
TUS, an acronym for “Τhe Ultimate Schedule”, was granted an air operator certificate on October 15, 2015 and a commercial aviation licence in December 2015. Its fleet consists of twin-engine SAAB 340 turboprops with a capacity of 34 seats, which can be used to operate medium-range flights.
The airline aimed to connect Cyprus with neighbouring countries via frequent flights on a daily basis, serving both business and leisure travellers. Other planned destinations included Amman, Cairo, Beirut, Rhodes, Kos, Samos and Karpathos.
The company could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.