Another Defunct Airline: This Time, It is WindJet

The list of defunct airlines in 2012 keeps on growing — and this time, it is WindJet, which ceased operations due to financial troubles in August of 2012, nine years after the Italian airline was launched.

There was speculation by FlyerTalk members that Alitalia had increased its airfares slightly on domestic routes which once competed with WindJet, but that claim has never been substantiated.

Earlier this year, Alitalia was close to acquiring WindJet, but the deal fell through primarily because Alitalia would be required to accede slots on key domestic routes within Italy — something Alitalia was not willing to do.

WindJet joins Air Nigeria, Spanair, Malév Hungarian Airlines and Air Australia amongst the airline casualties which ceased operations earlier this year.

An analysis of the history of airline operations in WindJet is presented by Martin J Cowling of the Wild About Travel weblog at BoardingArea.com, who adds that WindJet will reappear as the Italian airline Aero linee siciliane.

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