New start-up: Céleste
A new start-up is in the works in France. The airline, called Céleste, is planning to jump in the gap that Hop! will leave behind at Morlaix when it closes its base at the Bretagne-airport at the end of March 2022.
The new airline is looking to take-over the lease of up to seven former Hop! CRJ1000s and utilise the aircraft on domestic and regional destinations that Hop! is abandoning in its transformation. Driving force behind Céleste is the former manager of Vueling in France and the company is currently working hard to secure the necessary funding as well as documentation.
Morlaix has always been an important airport for Hop! and its predecessor Brit Air, which was originally founded at the airport. At Morlaix, Hop! (and before that Brit Air) operated a maintenance base for its CRJs. With the upcoming closure of the base, almost 300 jobs are set to be lost.
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