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Spanish airline abruptly shuts down, stranding 22,000…

Posted on 30 January 2012

 

 

Spanish carrier Spanair abruptly ended operations Friday night, stranding more than 20,000 passengers who had been booked on the financially struggling carrier.

 

The BBC notes “the airline was seen as a flagship of the regional government of Catalonia, which had helped it stay afloat with more than 150 million euros (about $198 million) of subsidies.”

 

The New York Times says “Spanair’s collapse is … politically charged because the Barcelona-based airline was a flagship venture for the northeastern region of Catalonia, which has been seeking greater independence from Madrid.” Spanair’s main base was at Barcelona, the region’s biggest city.

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