United States charter airline Miami Air International has ceased trading after 29 years of flying ad-hoc charters for a variety of clients.
The airline had been struggling with its finances, it applied for chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 24, 2020, in the United States. The airline needed a cash injection or as CEO, Kurt Kamrad referred to the situation “transactional partners” to remain afloat, for several weeks the airline held discussions but these didn’t materialise further.
The airline ceased trading today May 08, 2020, with all employees alerted by letter, an extract from the letter sent to employees is below.
“For the last 29 years, we have worked together hand in hand as partners on many projects. Many of those projects we accomplished when others said it could not be done. Many times we were the first airline to accomplish the project.“
“As recent as this February, Mayor Bloomberg’s people told me they asked around and were told if they wanted a VIP operation, Miami Air was the only airline they should talk to. On New Year’s Day this year, the military needed help moving 4000 troops to the Middle East in 72 hours, so who did they call? Miami Air. And as recent as this month, Reva Air Ambulance contacted us, and within 48 hours we accomplished the first US passenger airline transport of COVID+ people.“
“These are just a few of the recent examples of the reputation you, the employees, have built. Your dedication, flexibility, ingenuity, and professionalism are the reason Miami Air has survived for these 29 years. Because of that reputation, Miami Air is a brand name known throughout the entire industry for exceptionalism,”
The industry says goodbye to another airline, which had a successful flying record spanning 29 years. We wish the employees of Miami ever success with finding alternative employment.