Start-up Maastricht delayed again by aircraft supply

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Dutch start-up carrier Maastricht Airlines has been forced to postpone its first services, citing the late delivery of its aircraft.

Maastricht Airlines had been intending to operate from 1 May with Fokker 50 turboprops.

But the carrier had already faced difficulties obtaining its first aircraft, in March, and says that it has encountered another hold-up.

The supplier has informed the carrier that "both aircraft will not be available" for the revised starting date at the beginning of May, says the airline.

Maastricht Airlines' chief, Hamid Kerboua, says the postponement is a "big disappointment" and that it is "doing everything possible" to secure aircraft.