Astraeus Airlines, based in Crawley, UK, has announced that it has ceased operations and has gone into administration. The airline – wholly owned by an Icelandic travel group – was founded in 2002 and switched to leasing aircraft in 2008.
The airline’s pilots included rock band Iron Maiden’s lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, who was also the carrier’s Marketing Director.
Chief Executive Hugh Parry stated: “We battled hard to save Astraeus, but lower-than-expected levels of business during the summer of 2011, a lack of contracts for winter 2011-2012, and some extremely bad luck with a number of technical issues mean that we have no option but to cease all operations and put Astraeus Airlines in the hands of the administrators.
Mr Dickinson flew the carrier’s last flight from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Manchester Airport, UK, on November 21, 2011.