MIAMI – Just a few weeks after XL Airways France stopped selling tickets, it also suspended all its operations on September 30, 2019.

The French leisure carrier hopes to resume operations on October 3rd and blames the operational halt on financial difficulties.

XL Airways made the decision to halt its operations with the French Civil Aviation Authority and court-appointed administrators. The carrier might very well become another airline casualty of 2019, with French airline Aigle Azur ceasing operations in the middle of September.

The final XL Airways France flight, for the time being, SE77 from Cancun to Paris-CDG, touched down in Paris at 14:00 local time. This marked the airline’s last landing for the time being, after nearly 24 years of continuously soaring the skies.

Photo: Mark Harkin 

XL Airways France was originally founded as Star Airlines in August 1995, commencing operations in December 1995. The airline rebranded as XL Airways France in 2006.

XL Airways France was the last XL Airways brand to remain in existence, after the demise of XL Airways UK, back in 2008, which led to the largest repatriation effort in peacetime until then.

This record, however, was broken by the shut down of Monarch in 2017, and Thomas Cook last month.

Looking Back At XL Airways France

When XL Airways France’s parent company, XL Leisure folded in 2008, the airline was bought by Straumur Investment Bank.

XL Airways tried to receive rescue funds from Air France, however, they weren’t provided so XL Airways turned to the French Government for a bailout.

The bailout was rejected which meant XL Airways France entered into insolvency.

XL Airways issued a note on their website stating all ticket sales were suspended on the 20, with the company folding a few days later. The note also states that the ticket sales were suspended due to financial difficulties.

A statement on their website said, “We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this situation may have caused our valuable customers.”

The statement added, “Our teams are fully committed on working fully towards delivering our customers with our service.”

XL Airways flew to a small number of North American destinations from Paris-CDG, mainly transporting French holidaymakers. Its destinations included Cancun in Mexico, New York City and San Francisco in the US, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Varadero, Cuba.

Photo: Maxime

XL Airways France had a small fleet of Airbus A330s, 3 A330-200s, and a sole A330-300. The airline’s fleet had an average age of 15.1 years.

XL Airways France, becomes yet another tragedy of the very volatile European aviation industry in 2019, after the demise of Germania, California Pacific, Flybmi, Insel Air, WOW Air, Jet Airways, Avianca Brasil, Avianca Argentina, and Aigle Azur.