Struggling (obviously) Italian airline Wind Jet has shut down its operations, leaving hundreds of pissed off Italians strewn about Europe.
The airline, which Alitalia had previously made plans to take over, served 33 cities across Europe with 5 A319s and 7 A320s from its base in Catania.
Alitalia was all set to pay between 20-30 million Euro for the small airline, but the Italian government’s anti-trust department said that in exchange Alitalia would have to give up slots at several of its hubs. Alitalia said, grazie but no grazie, and terminated the offer, leavig Wind Jet with no other financial options.
About 300,000 tickets had been sold for future flights – most of those passengers will be served by other airlines, though they’ll have to pay additional fees.