Swedish companies demand Estonian flight firm be declared bankrupt ({{commentsTotal}})

One of Avies' airplanes on Kihnu island.
One of Avies' airplanes on Kihnu island. Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Swedish firms are seeking for the filing of bankruptcy of Estonian aviation company Avies in Harju County Court.

Swedewings and Bromma Air Maintenance have filed requests for the declaration of bankruptcy of Avies, with both firms seeing court sittings today.

In March, Postimees reported that the Swedish transport administration Trafikverket had ripped up three service contracts overnight and announced it would not be drawing up new contracts with the Estonian aviation firm.

Trafikvertek reprimanded Avies' flight cancellations, delays and unexplained inaccuracies.

Avies additionally faces court cases from ex-pilots demanding unpaid wages from the end of last year.

CEO of Avies, Allan Soll, has admitted the company owing to the pilots due to difficulties arising from the firm's sudden loss of the Swedish contracts.

Within the space of a few months, Avies saw a downsize in personnel from 100 employees to 10-15, as well as a drop in annual sales from 12-15 million euros down to two or three million, resulting in the downsizing of the flight fleet from 13 planes to six.

According to Postimees, Avies Holding faces a debt of 129,442 euros to date.

Editor: A. Kaer