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SkyGreece Airlines

#1 Post by J31 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:30 am

The Canadian Transportation Agency is being asked for an emergency order to protect and compensate stranded passengers of SkyGreece Airlines, which ceased operations on Thursday after more than a week of disrupted service.

A claim filed Friday by passenger rights advocate Gabor Lukacs says the federal agency has broad powers and should use them now to protect an estimated 1,000 passengers affected by recent flight cancellations by SkyGreece Airlines.

Lukacs is calling on the agency to order SkyGreece to rebook its stranded passengers on other airlines within 24 hours and put up $8.7 million of security to cover passenger claims.

The agency issued an order late Friday giving SkyGreece until 5 p.m. on Monday to file a response to Lukacs' request for an expedited process. On its website the agency said unused tickets may be eligible for refunds from travel agencies, credit card companies and travel agencies in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.

Quebec's consumer protection agency said passengers from the province who purchased their flights from a licensed travel agency can be reimbursed for returning flights and costs such as accommodaton and food. It has appointed accounting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton to manage such claims and help passengers return to Canada.

Messages to SkyGreece were not returned. The company said in a news release that the flight disruption was due to technical issues and financial setbacks resulting from the Greek economic crisis that took place shortly after it launched scheduled international service in May.

"Unfortunately, as a result of recent technical issues, the company is now facing a system-wide, multi-day delay and significant additional expenses."

The company didn't specify what technical issues it was experiencing. However, it said that a European regulation governs the rights and method of claims for cancelled flights operated by SkyGreece Airlines SA.

SkyGreece also called the flight cancellations a temporary situation, with operations expected to resume soon.

The owner of a Toronto travel agency that specializes in travel to Greece said she's struggling to help people who have called seeking one-way flights out of that country.

"It's pretty chaotic," Fotoula Kakagiannis of National Travel Service said, adding that there is limited space on the flights that are available and prices were rising.

"The ones that have kids all want to be back next week and that's a tough task at this point."

SkyGreece initially paid for hotel rooms in Greece, but passengers were told Thursday that support would end, Kakagiannis said.

The airline was founded in 2012 and started operations in 2014 with one plane, which is now parked at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Lukacs said in his filing that SkyGreece's main asset is its only plane and passengers would be left without any remedy if the airline is allowed to dispose of the aircraft.

SkyGreece is headquartered in Athens, Greece, a member of the European Union. But in his application to the Canadian Transportation Agency, Lukacs says the company is registered as a Quebec corporation and owned or controlled by Canadians.



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#2 Post by Mr. North » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:22 pm

Good luck with that.

SkyGreece is finished. I doubt an order from TC will change that.

I just hope my tax dollars don't go towards subsidizing those who chose to travel abroad without insurance.
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#3 Post by Old fella » Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:28 am

I am always amazed why people gravitate to such outfits(one aircraft) for their vacation needs especially to that neck of the woods, especially with no travel insurance if such is the case. That would be quite a red flag for me - charter company operation with just one machine. Guess the lure of next to nothing travel does indeed take folks in.
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#4 Post by AirMail » Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:28 pm

Mr. North wrote:Good luck with that.

SkyGreece is finished. I doubt an order from TC will change that.

I just hope my tax dollars don't go towards subsidizing those who chose to travel abroad without insurance.

But Greece is all about handouts from taxpayers from other nations...

I just find it odd that an airline would try to start up given the conditions over there... oh wait, I already answered myself with the above sentence :rolleyes:
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#5 Post by North Shore » Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:45 pm

Old fella wrote:I am always amazed why people gravitate to such outfits(one aircraft) for their vacation needs especially to that neck of the woods, especially with no travel insurance if such is the case. That would be quite a red flag for me - charter company operation with just one machine. Guess the lure of next to nothing travel does indeed take folks in.
I think that you are assuming a level of travel sophistication that is just not there for your average Jason/Jocasta...I'm sure that if most people did a search using Expedia, for example, they'd take the cheapest that fitted with their schedule, and not delve into the size of the company...
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#6 Post by Old fella » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:49 pm

I say you are 100% correct North Shore but hopefully if enough get burnt the level of sophistication will take a sharp turn upwards. Then again if another 1-2 plane outfit appears on the horizon with fares cheaper than the average Toronto cab, it won't take much.
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#7 Post by Panama Jack » Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:45 am

J31 wrote:
SkyGreece also called the flight cancellations a temporary situation, with operations expected to resume soon.
I think that quote is an extract from page number 5834 of this fantastic book:

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#8 Post by dashx » Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:42 pm

And Skygreece sitting at the museum now (IFT). Skyservice looking after it.
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#9 Post by J31 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:04 am

Sadly but not unexpectedly looks like SkyGreece is gone.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/s ... -1.3325492
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#10 Post by plhought » Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:54 am

Well if WJ needs a quick 67 there they go.
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