No benefit for staff of ruined Amsterdam Airlines

18th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Employees of Dutch charter airline company Amsterdam Airlines have filed for bankruptcy themselves. On Thursday, the 90 workers were informed that the board has pulled the plug on the ailing company without completing the necessary procedures to ensure its staff can claim unemployment benefit, reports newspaper .

An Amsterdam court confirmed yesterday the firm has not submitted an official bankruptcy request. This means staff are not eligible to apply for unemployment benefit, even though they have not received any salary.  

The lawyer representing the employees, Laurens Pit, said Amsterdam Airlines has left its personnel in the lurch. “The management board has pulled out of Amsterdam Airlines and gone off with the wind without looking after its staff. The salaries haven’t been paid since October.”  

Shady money deals Amsterdam Airlines was founded in 2007 and provided both charter and wet lease services. It acquired its third lease plane in April this year. It flew to destinations in Turkey, Israel and Morocco. Mounting debts and fewer clients led to the firm’s financial demise.  

The Dutch inspectorate for transport and public works confirmed on Thursday that it has withdrawn Amsterdam Airlines’ operational licence. The company had been monitored by the inspectorate for some time as it failed to meet basic safety standards.  

Management was unavailable for comment, said De Telegraaf. There are reports of “ money deals in Turkey that are not transparent”.  

“The employees are now facing financial problems,” protests Mr Pit. “The mortgage still has to be paid.”  

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