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Cimber airline to close after losing SAS contract

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Cimber airline to close after losing SAS contract
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13:24 CEST+02:00
The Sønderborg-based airline will be no more as of April 2015, its owner confirmed on Monday.
The Danish airline Cimber will let go of all 130 of its employees as it prepares to go out of business early next year. 
Cimber is forced to close after SAS decided to end its partnership with the airline effective in April 2015, the travel industry website Standby reported on Monday. 
“SAS didn’t want to continue our current contract on four CRJ 200 airplanes from April of next year, and with that foundation for our continued existence has collapsed,” Cimber co-owner Jørgen Nielsen told Standby. 
“It makes me very sad, but after careful consideration we have decided to accept the worst consequence, which is a total shutdown effective in April,” he continued. 
The Sønderborg-based Cimber was established in 1950 as Cimber Air. In 2008, the company bought parts of the bankrupt Sterling Airlines and changed its name to Cimber Sterling. Four years later, Cimber Sterling itself declared bankruptcy before being given a lifeline in the form of an ACMI contract with SAS. 
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