The future of the twice-weekly Perth to Bali service operated by OzJet and IndoJet is now in question with the Australian company placing itself in voluntary administration as a move to stave off closure.
A group of around 60 Australian tourist were stranded on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, when the Boeing 737-200 operated by OzJet, in cooperation with their Indonesian partner IndoJet, failed to leave for Bali as scheduled.
While Melbourne-based OzJet tried to lay the blame for the cancelled service on the Australian Civil Aviation Authorities' refusal to grant them a license to carry cargo and on their Indonesian partners, a more likely explanation was the refusal of Perth Airport to service the flights in the face of "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in unpaid fees due the airport. Meanwhile, the Australian Civil Aviation Authorities have issued a statement that OzJet had never filed a formal request for cargo services.
OzJet primarily operates flights to remote mining communities in Western Australian in addition to its twice weekly flights to Bali.
While there are reports that OzJets flight to Derby may now be operating with chartered aircraft, there is still no news on the fate of its international service to Bali.
OzJet is the third Australian airline to go into administration over the past year, following in the footsteps of SkyAirWorld and MacAir.
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