Centavia ceases operations

Centavia BAe 146 YU-AGM

Centavia’s BAe 146 YU-AGM is now in storage at Kemble, together with YU-AGL (at right) (Michael Brazier/14-bis Aviation Photography Team)

Belgrade-based start-up Centavia has ceased operations and returned its two leased BAe 146-200s to BAE Systems Regional Aircraft. The airline’s plans to begin low-cost flights were dealt a crushing blow when both of its initial routes, to Zagreb, in Croatia, and Podgorica, in Montenegro, were denied — the latter on the day services were to begin. The airline appears to have fallen victim to persisting animosities between the republics of the former Yugoslavia, as well as their desire to protect their national carriers from low-cost competition. The two 146s, YU-AGL (msn E2210) and YU-AGM (msn E2220), were ferried from Belgrade to Southend on 9 November, and then on to Kemble.

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