According to CSA, which belongs to the Smartwings group, the detention of aircraft was illegal from the beginning, as the company is subject to a protective moratorium against creditors. The airlines therefore went to court. According to the carrier, the court granted his complaint today. “Among other things, it stated that if the interim measure had not been ordered, there could have been a de facto liquidation of CSA’s operations. The court also found that the Prague Airport Group’s conduct was in conflict with maintaining and maintaining the existing operation, “the Smartwings group said today.
Following this decision, according to Smartwings, CSAT must immediately return the detained aircraft.
CSAT has not yet commented on the court’s decision today. However, after the detention of the aircraft in early February, the company denied that it was a violation of the moratorium. “CSAT proceeded with the utmost caution and exercised this lien specifically on two ATR aircraft, one of which was parked and not currently in service. We informed the airline’s management of this step and submitted possible solutions,” she said. CSAT spokeswoman Kateřina Pavlíková. According to her, in times of crisis, the company must act to protect its interests as a proper manager. At the same time, she denied that the detention could endanger CSA’s operations, the Smartwings Group owns over 40 aircraft.
Czech Airlines had to cancel some regular flights on which ATR aircraft flew after the aircraft was detained. According to the carrier, the situation also has international consequences, because the owners of the machines are foreign companies and CSA only operates them.
Smartwings and CSA are currently under a protective moratorium against creditors. It expires at the end of February. The air group is asking for help from the state. For CSA, it wants non-repayable support of 1.1 billion crowns, without, according to groups, the carrier is waiting for insolvency proceedings, because airlines are not entitled to support from other subsidy programs. The group is also asking the state for half a billion in compensation for canceled flights last spring.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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