Defunct Airlines: Air Australia Becomes the Latest Casualty

If you are scheduled to be a passenger on Air Australia, you will need to change your plans as the airline has reportedly shut down its operations effective immediately, due to it being unable to pay for fuel.

Thousands of passengers were left stranded in locations as far away as Phuket and Hawaii, and it will take days for those passengers to find their way home — on their own, apparently. Virgin Australia and Hawaiian Airlines reportedly offered special discount airfares to stranded passengers, while Air Asia X will supposedly charge stranded passengers only for taxes and fees.

The Gate reported on the November 15 launch of Air Australia back on November 3, 2011, at which time Qantas Airlines was experiencing a major labour dispute. Ironically, Qantas Airlines will reportedly provide information on its policy soon regarding supporting Air Australia customers wherever possible.

Air Australia is the latest airline to cease operations. Spanair and Malév Hungarian Airlines are amongst the airline casualties which ceased operations earlier this year — and it is only mid-February…

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