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FlyBalaton airport operator ordered under liquidation

Cape Clear Aviation, the company which operates FlyBalaton airport in Sármellék, has been ordered under liquidation by the Zala county court, the court told MTI.

Cape Clear Aviation spokesman Árpád Beznicza said Vectigalis would be the liquidator of the company. When asked by MTI to name the party that brought the liquidation procedure against the company, Beznicza declined to answer, saying the information was not public.

Public company records, last updated in March for an ownership change, show Cape Clear Aviation is owned by one British and three Irish private individuals, Cyprus-registered Roxino Investments and Budapest-based property company Quadrator.

Cape Clear Aviation said on October 10 it would again temporarily close FlyBalaton for the winter season but reopen the airport in April.

About 15,000 passengers used the airport between April and October, the operator said. Almost 120,000 passengers used FlyBalaton in 2008, but its biggest partner, Irish low-fare airline Ryanair, stopped flights to the airport in October last year. After the Ryanair flights ended, FlyBalaton shut down until April.

Cape Clear Aviation signed a 99-year lease for the airport with local councils in 2004. (MTI – Econews)