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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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