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Old 13th Oct 2021, 13:17
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Seriously - the same now as the UK, Germany and Scandinavia. Almost all are now gone.
We have left only now TUI here in the UK (plus all over the EU), Condor in Germany (still going strong after 65 years), Sun Class (Their strong origins were Scanair/Conair/Premiair/Mytravel then TCK Scandinavia), and Novair/Apollo in the Nordics.

UK lost BIA, AE, DA, and Novair in quick succession the markets for niche never to recover. IEA was soon gobbled up. Airways International, Paramount, Amber and Excalibur all did not last very long.
Sabre/Excel/XL RIP 2008
Palmair RIP 2012
Caledonian, Flying Colours and Airworld, plus Airtours International/MyTravel all morphed in 1999 to what collapsed 2 years ago as Thomas Cook RIP 2019
Monarch 2017 RIP
Long before these all went, we of course lost Court Line 1974. Laker 1982 and BCAL 1988.

TUI UK today has Britannia/Orion/Air 2000/FCA and Leisure International as it's forbearers.
TUI UK as it happens are great and a pleasure to fly on.

Today a few small Tour Operators still hang in there - such as Sunvil and Newmarket, but there are no niche UK airlines to pick up their work which now goes to the likes of Enter Air or Titan, with Germania and Small Planet flying for them previously.
Amazingly British Airways and BACF both have used their mainline aircraft and took on many lucrative IT charters for both summer and ski flights from LHR, LGW LCY MAN HUY IOM BFS and Scottish airports. Such was their popularity and a reason to compete with Easyjet (who bought GB Airways in 2008) most of this BA and BACF work is now flown as BA Scheduled flights.

Spain still has Alba Star Airlines, and Evelop (now called Iberojet - a take on defunct Iberworld) but Air Europa/UX formed by Air Europe's ILG in the late 1980's, now owned by IAG, flies mainly schedules nowadays.
UX was the first Spanish private company to operate national scheduled flights (besides the many charter flights which used to be its main business).

Spain was big package holiday charter business first seen in the UK with Spanish airlines flying clients from 1962, with TASSA, Transeuropa, Spantax, TAE, and Air Spain, with Aviaco also flying IT's, although owned by IB. With the exception of Aviaco they all went bust - Spantax held on to 1988.
Followed later by Hispania and Air Europa into the frame -- see below....
Many more came and went in the 80's and 90's - Viva, Nortjet, Universair, CTA Espana Canafrica, L.A.C, Oasis, Iberworld, BCM, Centennial, LTE, Volar, Futura, Hola, South Atlantic, Spanair, and some more.

Hispania HI/XF started inclusive tour flights from/to the Spanish resorts. Created in August 1982. Customers from the UK, Eire, France and Germany comprised most of its business. Airline ordered second generation Boeing 737s in summer 1988, but financial difficulties and a failed takeover by Air Europa forced airline to cease trading in summer 1989.
Air Europa was then the major for a while plus of course joined by Spanair and then Futura.
A new Hispania Airways in 2012 was based at Granada Federico Garcia Lorca Airport and briefly operated services catering to the tourist market. It planned to use A320s and had plans eventually to use A330s and A340s as it expanded into the long-haul holiday market. But only 15 days after launching operations on 06-Dec-2012, with a wet leased MD-83, Hispania suspended operations on 21-Dec-2012. No idea if any original HI/XF employees were involved.

The dearth of most was no doubt the start and then ramp up of the Lo-Co operators, Easyjet, Ryanair, Air Berlin etc etc.
Then we had the many fuel crisis' plus Gulf Wars 1 and 2, a few Recessions, and other factors such as the Internet sales made direct overtaking normal package holiday bookings made via a traditional brochure launch and booked in a travel agency.

Poor safety records ? Inadequate maintenance ? Bad management ? Fuel costs ?
Yes maybe, in the early days of large props and early jets.
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