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Ceased, Defunct and Suspended Airlines

Find out which airlines are defunct and no longer flying

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Ceased Airlines

Want to find out which airlines have ceased operations? Take a look at our list below - this up-to-date list consists of all ceased/defunct airlines that are no longer operating.

Click on any of these airlines to find out more about the airline itself, why it ceased operations and alternative airlines that you can fly with!

All Ceased / Defunct Airlines

Ceased in 2023

Ceased in 2022

Ceased in 2021

Ceased in 2020

Ceased in 2019

Ceased in 2018

Ceased in 2017

Ceased in 2016

Ceased in 2015

Ceased in 2014

Ceased in 2013

Ceased in 2012

Ceased in 2011

Ceased in 2010

Ceased in 2009

Ceased in 2008

Ceased in 2007

Ceased in 2005

Ceased in 2004

Ceased in 2002

Ceased in 2001

Ceased in 1989

Ceased in 1979

Other ceased airlines:

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Why do airlines stop flying?

There are many reasons as to why airlines cease operations and stop flying. Some of these reasons include:

  • Financial difficulties or bankruptcy
  • Increased competition in the market
  • Rising operational costs (e.g., fuel prices)
  • No demand for their services
  • Loss of operational licence or safety issues
  • Mergers or acquisitions with other airlines
  • Ageing fleet and maintenance challenges

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