Italy's suspends Air Bee's licence for six months

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Italian aviation regulator ENAC has suspended the licence of grounded start-up carrier Air Bee until the start of April.

The Brescia-based operator suspended flights on 11 September, initially for a three-week period but subsequently extended this until 23 October. Air Bee, which had been under ENAC scrutiny after service disruptions during the summer, has been working on reorganising its operational network.

ENAC has now suspended the carrier's licence for six months. "In order to give them back the licence, Air Bee needs to have again its air operator's certificate (AOC), which is also suspended, and ENAC has to check the economic situation of the company," the regulator says.

Air Bee started operations in February this year, using Boeing MD-82s operated by ItAli Airlines, and grew to operate flights from Brescia to Rome Fiumicino, Naples, Olbia and Crotone and from Trapani in Sicily to Milan Linate, Brescia, Rome and Bari.