Friday, 2 January 2015

Skytrans Cease Operations

A very sad day for Australian aviation:
"Dear valued passengers, suppliers, staff, key stakeholder and friends of Skytrans,
Skytrans Pty Ltd, the Cairns based, family owned and commercially operated airline which celebrated its 25th year of serving the people and communities of North Queensland, carried its last passenger this afternoon, Friday 2nd January 2015.
Skytrans Pty Ltd has made the decision to cease trading, effective immediately. As the Managing Director, I will seek legal and financial advice over the next few days regarding options for the business moving forward, but to be clear, it does not include the recommencement of flights in the short to medium term.
As Managing Director I have a lawful responsibility to notify regulators and other significant stakeholders when there are key impacts on the business. This has been one of those times.
This is not only a sad day for the business, but more importantly for our staff and indeed the passengers and communities of North Queensland. Yesterday, the 1st of January 2015 marked our 25th anniversary of serving the people of Queensland, particularly outback and regional Queensland, the Gulf country and Cape York.
Today there is no celebration, beyond the pride everyone in Skytrans shares in having delivered a safe reliable passenger and freight service to communities as diverse as Birdsville and Boulia, Bamaga and Brisbane. We will miss them all, for they have all been relationships built over a lifetime of trust and mutual support, collaboration and shared endeavour, and good old fashioned friendships forged easily between good people."
Simon Wild
Managing Director
Skytrans Pty Ltd

Skytrans has been providing flights to rural towns around North Queensland for 25 years, and they will be sorely missed. From its Cairns base, they currently operate a fleet of about three Dash 8-100s. From their Brisbane base, they operate about one Dash 8-100 and three Dash 8 Q300s.

Skytrans Dash 8-100 - file photo

My thoughts go out to all those affected by this tragic event.


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