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KRASNODAR, October 4 (Itar-Tass) —— The low-cost airline Avianova will continue its operational service to fulfil its liabilities to passengers, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday with reference to a previous statement by the company executives.
According to Olga Leninova, the company will continue flights till October 9, 2011 and will refund unused tickets. “After October 9, 2011, all flights will be cancelled in line with the decision by the company’s shareholder, the U.S.-based fund Indigo Partners, to stop further financing Avianova’s operation,” she said.
In the recent period, A1 investment company has been financing the company alone, while “Indigo Partners has taken virtually no steps to maintain the company,” the press service said.
Avianova presented its apologies to its clients and partners and recommended the passengers to book tickets to flights by other air carriers. Nonetheless, passengers might demand refund for air tickets already booked by means of a simplified procedure, sending information about the number of the ticket reservation and banking requisites by e-mail: email@example.com. Corresponding information about the refund procedure is available on the website of the company, the document said.
Set up in 2007, Avianova is owned by Luch limited liability company. Its shareholders are the Russian investment company A1 (51 percent) and Indigo Partners of the United States (49 percent). The first flight was performed on August 27, 2009. Over the period of Avianova operations, more than 2.5 million passengers have used its services, a third of them bought tickets at prices starting from 250 roubles. Avianova is ranked 12th among Russian air carriers and is fifth in terms of domestic passenger turnover.