Despite a last-minute offer, the court of commerce of Bobigny pronounced this Friday the judicial liquidation of the low-cost company XL Airways.

The proposal of Gerard Houa, Franco-Chinese businessman, former minority shareholder of Aigle Azur, who also filed for bankruptcy in September, was found to be inadmissible by the court. "The judges thought that his promise to provide 30 million euros was not credible, confides a source close to the file. He could not give evidence that he had this money available. "

The 570 employees of XL Airways will therefore be fired. On their side, the 130,000 passengers who bought tickets will have to find another way to travel. Those who have purchased their ticket through a travel agency can expect to be offered an alternative, and potentially a refund. On its website, XL also advises to contact any travel insurance or with the customer services of bank cards, some of which -are- provide reimbursement in this case.

Several companies have also introduced preferential rates for XL Airways customers who purchased a ticket on a canceled flight. This is the case of French Bee or Corsair but in both cases the offer only concerns passengers who have already started their journey and need a return ticket.


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