Embattled Illawarra flight operator JetGo has cancelled all flights nationally throughout Friday as the company goes into administration.
JetGo’s managing director Paul Bredereck told Fairfax Media on Friday morning that JetGo has appointed an administrator.
“The administrator is now assessing the viability and future operations of the business,” he said.
“During the period of administration the company has suspended regular public transport services. This includes flights from Illawarra Regional Airport.
“We hope this is a temporary measure. JetGo will continue to operate some charter services during this period.”
Speaking on Friday morning, Mr Cowan confirmed all JetGo flights in Australia for Friday have been cancelled.
He said the Essendon airport would have staff located in the terminal to advise any passengers who did show up of the cancellations.
He also said anyone stranded at Essendon would be able to catch their free shuttle bus to Melbourne airport.
Mr Cowan was unable to comment on whether any weekend JetGo services would be affected.
Attempting to book flights from the Illawarra Regional Airport to Melbourne or Brisbane via the JetGo website over the next several days only results in an “error” page.
JetGo management and Shellharbour City Council have been approached for comment.
A post on the ‘Wollongong Illawarra Regional Airport’ Facebook page on Thursday night noted that, “The end in sight? Unconfirmed reports suggest that Jetgo may have suspended flights from tomorrow.”
Another post noted that “we are also confident that the pioneering efforts of Jetgo in the Illawarra won't be wasted”.
“They have demonstrated that the region will give full support to a decent airline service,” the post said.
“And we are confident that Wollongong Airport will continue to see an airline committed to this market.
“Only time will tell if it is a strengthened Jetgo, or an equally vibrant airline like FlyCorporate which has recently pioneered the Orange to Melbourne route, or FlyPelican with its new service from Newcastle to Adelaide.”