Sorry to be such an old misery guts on your rest day but every day will now be a rest day for Stobart a favourite airline now gone.
Stobart Air has been the wings beneath my winding my way from Ireland back to Scotland.
On more occasions than I care to remember.
But alas the 50-year-old carrier has been forced into liquidation now.
By Covid and Irish Government inaction.
For every Irish adult Stobart Air will always be Aer Arann.
Aer Arann got off the ground in 1970 to serve Inishmore in the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland.
And Galway and the West, where I would spend my childhood summer holidays, is best.
Aer Lingus, the national airline carrier, saw the possibilities and soon got on board, contracting Aer Arran to operate their short-haul commuter links.
Stobart Group jumped in during the choppy mid Twenty-Teens and rebranded as Stobart Air.
There are other airlines and they will fill the gap left by Stobart Air mist critically now where flights have been lost.
But the collapse of any airline is to the detriment of passengers.
A sad day
The wider the range of airlines the greater choice on offer and the better value.
This is all on the back of the collapse of FlyBe.
And they were a favourite too with their flights to cruise town Southampton, Stobart Air’s decline is a sad day for us all.
We’ll be told that it is Covid collateral damage but try telling that to those who have lost their jobs.
And passengers who have been left out of pocket.
And until governments change their attitude to Travel as vital and not trivial…
Then it might be Stobart a favourite airline now gone today but there will be countless others tomorrow.