Romanian air company Blue Air decided to suspend all flights. The decision came as the Romanian Agency for Environment blocked the bank accounts of the air company for a substantial debt to the environment fund. The obligation of the air company to the Environment Fund is EUR 5,7 million.
This decision affects around 3,000 Romanian passengers who cannot return home or fly to the foreign destinations they bought tickets for.
The Romanian Government officials intervened publicly and asked Blue Air to revert the decision and start flying again, but the company’s representatives refused.
The scandal is even more significant as the Agency for the Environment is subordinated to the Ministry of Environment, and the minister is from the Hungarian minority. There are some speculations that the decision taken by the governmental agency favours Blue Air’s competitor, Wizz Air, which happens to be Hungarian.
Currently, a crisis cell has been made operational at the Romanian Government level. The most urgent decision was to make sure the Romanians abroad were being brought home, which was to be done with the help of the other Romanian company, the state-owned TAROM. Also, allegedly there is a request from PM Ciuca to the Minister of the Environment, Tanczos Barna, to unblock the bank accounts of Blue Air, thus making the flights possible for all those who have bought tickets.
Have you bought tickets for Blue Air flights? Please, check their webpage for any information regarding any decision that impacts your plans.