Transaero to Liquidate, Employees Petition to Save Russia’s Second Largest Carrier
Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest carrier, which last month announced plans to be acquired by Aeroflot, the country’s largest airline, announced that the two companies failed to reach an agreement on the acquisition.
As a result, Transaero announced it would liquidate and cease operations on December 15, 2015 and would refund ticket purchases to passengers who hold tickets for after that date.
“Upon the decision of the Government to reorganize the activities of Transaero, and to ensure the transportation of our passengers, the sales of tickets for our flights has been stopped,” the airline said on its Facebook page.
Transaero employees, passengers, and business partners have launched a petition on the website www.change.org to save the airline. Over 86,000 people have already signed the petition at the time of publication.
The petition appeals personally to Russian President Vladimir Putin to “provide state support” for the airline to save the jobs of 11,000 workers at the airline. It also states that passengers “will face much higher ticket costs and no alternative airline to choose from.” Since its founding, Transaero has flown over 86 million people across the globe.
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