Italy's Air Bee to stay grounded for three more weeks

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Grounded Italian carrier Air Bee has extended the suspension of its operations for a further three weeks until 23 October.

The Brescia-based carrier, which launched operations earlier this year, suspended its flights on 11 September for three weeks. It cited difficulties of being in the start-up phase of its business given the uncertainties in the Italian air sector amid continued efforts to privatise ailing flag carrier Alitalia.

In a brief statement on its website, Air Bee now says its operations will remain suspended until 23 October.

Since starting operations in February using Boeing MD-82s operated by ItAli Airlines, the airline has grown and had been operating flights Brescia to Rome Fiumicino, Naples, Olbia and Crotone, and from Trapani in Sicily to Milan Linate, Brescia, Rome and Bari.