News in Brief

New charter airline

New charter carrier Small Planet, Robinson and Nicko Cruises are in the news this week.

A new charter airline Small Planet Airlines has been set in Germany by two former managers of Germania. The new airline, a subsidiary of Lithuanian carrier Small Planet Airlines, plans to launch with two A320s for summer 2016 offering full charter flights for tour operators. Managing director Andreas Wobig said he saw good opportunities for a new leisure airline and stressed the carrier would not offer aggressive prices.

Robinson will open a second club on the Maldives next year. The Robinson Club Noonu, one of three ‘feelgood’ clubs, will have 60 ‘water villas’, 50 beach villas and 40 two-storey villas on the unpopulated atoll. “We’re delighted that with this second club on the Maldives we can set another milestone on our growth path,” said managing director Ingo Burmeister.

River cruises with insolvent German company Nicko Cruises have been saved up to June 15. Insolvency administrator Michael Pluta said that all cruises had taken place as scheduled in the last few weeks and he would do everything possible to ensure that departures are also possible after June 15. Nicko Cruises declared insolvency on May 6 due to high debts.