26-Nov-2012 11:28 AM

Gol announces discontinuation of Webjet activities and brand; 850 layoffs

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (Gol) announced (23-Nov-2012) it will begin the process of winding up Webjet's operatons and discontinue its brand. The first step will include the discontinuation of Webjet's Boeing 737-300 aircraft, which are "technologically out of date and consume large amounts of fuel". Gol estimates it will return all 20 aircraft by the end of 1H2013, with 16 in 1Q2013. The carrier will layoff 850 employees as a consequence of winding up Webjet's activities. ANAC stated (23-Nov-2012) it is "monitoring and supervising the process of closing down the operations of the company Webjet Linhas Aereas... to check that all passengers are being accommodated in conformance with established ANAC regulations". ANAC noted, "Gol is responsible for ensuring appropriate service to Webjet customers, accommodating them on other flights to complete their transport, as well as providing full assistance to passengers who may be affected during the closure of [Webjet's] operations."[more - original PR - Portuguese - ANAC]  [more - original PR - GOL]

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